Winter Safety Tips

During the winter in Prince Edward Island, drivers are faced with a new set of challenges. Here is some helpful information to prepare to drive in winter weather.

Should I install winter tires on my car, and if so, when should they be installed?

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal recommends that drivers install four matching winter tires between the months of November and April. Winter tires provide almost twice the traction of all season tires on snow or ice. Be sure to look for the peaked mountain and snowflake symbol to ensure you are buying certified winter tires.

When should I be concerned about black ice?

Black ice can form instantly when warm air meets an ice-cold road. It's most often found on bridges, overpasses and in shaded areas, creating an invisible sheet of ice. However, it can form on almost any road.

What should I do to ensure my car is in top working order for winter driving?

Make sure that your winter tires are in good condition. Be sure to also keep your windows clear, regularly check fluid levels, and repair or replace lights, brakes, belts and hoses when needed. Have a winter check done by an authorized mechanic to ensure your car is prepared for the winter months.

What should be in my winter survival kit in my trunk?

If you ever find yourself in an emergency situation, being prepared with a survival kit will help get you through a stall or accident easier.