Local moving in Grande Prairie (learn more) can be difficult in the winter, especially with extreme weather events. Temperatures plummeted to -30 C and below with windchills to -40 C as we saw last week! While the weather has thankfully warmed up since New Years eve, it is good to prepare for the next time. Some tips to keep in mind that we use and you should too:
Diesel fuel starts to change from a liquid to a solid when it drops below -35 C. Using a fuel additive will prevent the fuel from gelling up.
Only use the additive with your diesel tank at least 3/4 full and try to keep the fuel topped up daily thereafter.
Air Brakes and Air Lines
Purge the air tanks and/or air lines in order to prevent ice from building up inside the lines due to moisture freezing and expanding.
Air Powered Equipment
Moisture inside air tools may cause them not to function when working outside or in non-heated areas.
Roadside/First Aid Kits
When driving on the highway or outside of Grande Prairie especially at night, having a roadside kit and first aid kit can make all the difference if your vehicle breaks down, you have an accident, or even lose control and drive into a snowbank or the ditch! Keep your fuel topped up and a thermal blanket in your vehicle in case you need to keep warm for an extended period.
If you are driving to an isolated area, let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Ensure your phone is fully charged in case you need to call for help.
Don’t forget to plug in your vehicle! Watch for leaks under your vehicle as well – the extreme cold can cause leaks from hoses and gaskets.
It is helpful to carry booster cables in case of dead battery. Remember to use safety glasses when connecting booster cables. Consult your vehicle manual before attempting to boost a vehicle.
Ensure your tow rope is attached to appropriate towing locations on your vehicles. The bumper is NOT an appropriate towing location! If in doubt, consult your vehicle manual.
-35 C is not a good temperature to accidentally get locked out of your vehicle, especially in an isolated location. Auto-lock features on a vehicle can be a hazard in the winter. Remove and pocket the keys before leaving the vehicle. If you MUST keep the vehicle running open the window far enough that you can reach inside.
Ensure the windshield of your vehicle is ice-free and warm. Pop up your wipers when not driving so they remain ice free and functional. Passing large trucks on the highway can quickly ice up your windshield, reducing visibility and causing a hazard. A good set of wipers, a warm windshield and topped up wiper fluid can make all the difference in this situation.
Follow these tips and properly plan for your next move, we want all of you to drive safe Grande Prairie!