Winter can bring on extremely difficult driving conditions.  Here are some useful tips to help you and your family get to your destination safetly.

Tips

  • Obey the speed limits. The limits were set for ideal driving conditions. If the weather dictates less than ideal conditions SLOW DOWN.
  • Expect the unexpected. In winter conditions the possibility of black ice and white outs could be present along with the standard snow and slush conditions.
  • Do Not Tail Gate Stopping / following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front should be increased.
  • Do Not Drink & Drive.
  • Avoid aggressive drivers. Get out of their way and do not challenge.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. The weather and road conditions could change unexpectedly.
  • Check with the weather service for weather conditions on your planned route.
  • Start your trip well rested and alert. If you get tired along the way, take a break.

Vehicle Condition

  • Check the oil, water, brake and other fluid levels. The fluids should be such as to assist with overcoming winter conditions.
  • Make sure the windshield is clean, and the rear-view mirrors are properly adjusted for good visibility
  • The windshield wipers should be in good condition, and able to remove the snow and ice that may build up on your windshield.
  • Make sure that all your lights and turn signals are in good working order.
  • Check tire conditions and pressure. If possible install winter tires on your vehicle. These will assist in traction and the ability to stop
  • Have a safety / survival kit on board. Flares, blanket, shovel, candles, matches, road salt, non perishable food and a fully charged cell phone if possible
  • Maintain a full tank of gas.

For more information on winter driving, please click on the link below. Winter Driving Brochure (PDF 2 MB)