Holiday travel plans can bring us together with family and loved ones. However, because winter weather in Canada can be extreme, it’s important to take a few precautions before you hit the road so you arrive safe and sound.

The York Regional Police, based just north of Toronto, have provided a few tips to help keep you safe on the roads.

Traveling in a winter wonderland

Weathering the conditions: Double-check the weather conditions before heading out. Weather can be severe and change quickly, so it’s extremely important to know the latest weather and traffic conditions, and to leave yourself plenty of time to arrive safely.

Get road-ready: Ensure your vehicle is prepared for the winter. Investing in winter tires is a good place to start. Top-up windshield fluids and antifreeze, ensure you have enough gas for every journey, and update your car’s emergency kit. Clear snow and ice from the windshield and mirrors, as well as from the top of the car and from wheel-wells to increase safety for other drivers.

Buckle up: Always wear your seatbelt, and make sure all of your passengers do too. While this may seem obvious as it's the law, it’s also the most important safety consideration no matter the road conditions.

Eyes on the road: Drive slowly and be aware of other motorists and road hazards. Winter roadways can feature big snow-removal vehicles and sand/salt-trucks, as well as distracted drivers and crosswalks full of pedestrians with arm-loads of gifts! Take the necessary precautions and make sure you’re always in control of your vehicle.

Arrive alive: The holidays are all about good times with family and friends. Don’t drink and drive.


Plan for the best, prepare for the worst

Icy roads, limited visibility, Top 40 Radio…lots of things can impact your time on the road this winter. If you are involved in a fender-bender this season, remember to contact local police immediately if your collision involves:


View original article from TD Insurance.


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As someone whose bartending skills haven’t progressed beyond one part vodka to six parts orange juice, the prospect of whipping up a piping hot beverage to not only warm my friends’ hands but actually taste good at the same time is, to say the least, comical. Aware of this, I scoured the interwebs and found a drink that can’t not act as therapy for our chilled souls. Why? Its two main ingredients are universally enjoyed: brown sugar and butter.

2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 stick of universally enjoyed unsalted butter, soft

2 cups of universally enjoyed dark brown sugar

If you can, use a food processer to quickly cream together the butter, sugar, and spices. Using a wooden spoon will do the trick too. Now roll up your glorious mixture into a log-shaped turd. Cover it and refrigerate/freeze.  If you do so in the fridge, it’ll last for two weeks, and in the freezer, it’ll last for two months.

When you’re ready to enjoy your beverage and impress your friends all at the same time, add a tablespoon of the mixture to your mug of choice. Pour a couple ounces of rum and ½ cup of hot water, but you can experiment with this ratio (perhaps several more ounces of rum during exam period).

Sit back, turn on some of the latest picks by ANDY, and drink it up!

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