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Posted: October 22, 2015

Mainroad hosting Shift into Winter event

Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting is hosting a Shift into Winter Driving Awareness event at that this Friday’s Kootenay ICE game (Oct. 23).

Visit their booth for winter driving tips. Kal Tire and CVSE are joining them to answer questions about winter tire safety and have some great prizes too.

MainroadTruckThe Winter Driving Safety Alliance launched the 2015 Shift into Winter Campaign— an annual road safety initiative that encourages drivers to be prepared and drive safety in winter – at the start of October.

As a member of the Alliance, Mainroad is asking everyone to shift into winter driving mode and prepare for the upcoming season. Don’t wait until snow arrives. Whether you’re driving across town, or across the province, it’s important that you and your vehicle are prepared for winter conditions.

A few simple steps to winterize your ride could make a difference to your safety:

Get a Grip: Install four matched winter tires with the winter logo. The grooves in winter tires help to divert snow and water away from your tires. That means better traction and control on the road. Check your tire pressure at least once a month or more (tire pressure drops in colder conditions).

Give your vehicle a winter check-up: Make sure the battery, brakes, lights, fuses, cooling/heating systems, exhaust/electrical systems, belts and hoses are in top shape.

Before each trip, do a ‘circle check’ (walk around your vehicle to inspect its condition and possible reversing hazards).

Review your vehicle’s maintenance record. Take it in for repair if needed and report any concerns to your supervisor.

Keep your gas tank full to avoid condensation, which can cause fuel lines to freeze.

Equip your work vehicle with a Winter Survival Kit. Recommended items include: an approved high-visibility vest, non-perishable food, blankets, first aid supplies, windshield scraper, snow brush, spare tire, wheel wrench and jack, shovel and traction mat, sand or kitty litter, fuel line antifreeze, flares and matches or a lighter, tire chains and gloves, flashlight and extra batteries, battery jumper cables, sandbags for extra weight, extra clothing and footwear. Do it now, before you’re caught off guard.

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