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Safe Winter Driving

Whether we like it or not, winter is on its way. Some parts of Ontario are already seeing some snowfall.

Here are 7 tips on safe winter driving:

1. Create a ‘survival kit’
Your survival kit should include items such as: gloves, booster cables, small shovel, windshield wiper fluid, first aid kit, torch, snow brush, candles, safety vest, water bottles and non-perishable energy foods. Keep the kit in the trunk of your car.

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2. Keep a safe distance behind snow plows
If you find yourself behind a snow plow, maintain a safe distance. Snow plow drivers do not always have the best visibility and can create clouds of snow that can reduce your visibility, as well.

3. If you don’t already have them, get winter tires
They provide better traction, handling and braking and can shorten your braking distance by as much as 25 per cent. All-season tires are not the same as winter tires. They lose their grip when the temperature dips below 7 C.

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4. Slow down and give yourself extra travel time
This one might be obvious — but it’s important. Drive according to the road conditions around you and don’t rely on the estimated time of arrival your GPS gives you.

5. Clear snow and ice from your vehicle
Make sure you clean all windows, mirrors, lights and the roof. Wait for any foggy windows to clear up so your visibility isn’t poor.

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6. Wear comfortable clothes
It’s a good idea to layer up in the winter time, but having too many layers can restrict your movement and make it difficult to check your blind spot.

7. Keep a full gas tank
It can help reduce moisture in the fuel system and also adds extra weight to your vehicle to slow it down.

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Visit CBC News for more safe winter driving tips.


 

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2015 US Fall Forecast

Warm Weather to Kick off Fall for Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

An expected strong El Niño will lead to beneficial rain for Southern California, but it may be delayed until late fall and winter; meanwhile, flooding and mudslides will threaten the Four Corners region, in addition to some mid-fall snow.

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2015 US Fall Forecast Highlights

Fall will get off to a warm start in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic before cooler, more seasonable air settles in during late September.

After a bitterly cold winter of 2014-2015, the winter of 2015-2016 will be milder. However, the season will be stormy with near- to above-normal snowfall in the offing for many, which could influence temperatures downward late in the season.

The moisture may transpire as flooding rains for the mid-Atlantic early, until mid- to late-season when it can be cold enough for snowfall in cities such as Philadelphia and New York City. Overall, the heaviest snow of the season will most likely fall north and west of these areas.

One or Two Tropical Systems in Offing for the Southeast

Despite below-normal numbers predicted for the Atlantic hurricane season, the Southeast could still get one or two impacts into the fall.

Regardless of potential tropical impacts, a significant amount of moisture will still make its way into the Southeast through late fall and beyond.

When winter rolls around, severe weather will reignite in Florida, while areas from eastern Texas to Virginia will face rounds of rain and the threat for flooding.

Cooler-Than-Normal Air to Chill Midwest and Great Lakes Area

This fall, the Midwest will be milder overall compared to fall of 2014, but it doesn’t mean the crop-growing region will be in the clear of occasional early shots of cold air.

Wild temperature swings are possible at times, with quick snaps of cold followed by a week of warmer weather.

As for late fall and into the early winter season, there is an opportunity for a storm track to come to places like Chicago and Indianapolis, according to long-range forecasters.

Mild Air to Stretch Across Northern Plains; Southern Plains to Remain Wet, Cool

Mild air will infiltrate the northern Plains into the fall as warmth that has built up over the summer in the Northwest and western Canada spreads eastward.

Come winter, snowfall for the region is predicted to be below normal.

In the southern Plains, increased rainfall, below-normal temperatures and limited sunshine will define autumn.

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2015-2016 US Winter Forecast Highlights

Fire Danger to Worsen in California, Northwest

High heat going into the fall and increasingly dry conditions will allow an already brutal wildfire season to worsen across much of California and the Northwest.

Into October, the region could also get some late-season 90-degree days.

However, in California, Santa Ana winds will be at fault through September and October. This will bolster the fire threat, in what has already been a deadly and destructive season.

Some rain is possible for the drought-stricken state from October to November, though it will hardly make up for the existing deficit.

The greatest chance for denting or eliminating the long-term drought will be in winter and early spring with the help of a strong El Niño.

Wild Weather to Grip Southwest, Four Corners

After a few years of drought conditions for the Four Corners region, heavy rain can settle in this fall leading to significant flooding and mudslide events through November.

Drought conditions have fueled wildfires over the past few years, resulting in unrecovered burn scar areas.

By November, temperatures will drop well below normal across the Southwest, leading to a very active, wet and snowy season, typical of an El Niño pattern.


Contact Kissner Group Inc. today for all of your Ice Melter needs.

32 Cherry Blossom Road, Cambridge, ON  N3H 4R7.

Phone: 1-800-434-8248 | Fax: 1-877-434-8250.

Email: info@kissner.com

Website: www.ice-beeter.com