Safe Winter Driving
Whether you are a new driver, or a driver who has been driving for years,
Emergency Management & Training wants to provide you with tips to make
sure you are staying safe on the icy winter roads.
Keeping your car brushed off and free of snow and
ice is the best thing you can do to ensure your safety
and the safety of those around you. When snow is one
the windows and windshield wipers, it will block you
vision and is unsafe for you, your passengers, and the
drivers around you. Snow on top of you car is also jsut as dangerous. There is a risk of it
being blown off and blokcing your vision or another driver's vision which is extrememly
unsafe. To aviod taking these risks, keep a car brush with an ice scraper, and before you
go out, brush off any snow.
Snow tires are a must have, especially here in Canada.
Although they are expensive, they are a good investment and
you’ll be glad you have them. Snow tires provide an extra
grip that you don’t get with normal tires or seasonal tires.
In the cold temperatures, your car may stall or stop
altogether. If this does happen, it’s a good idea to keep
the essentials in your car. This includes hats, mitts, and
scarves for every member of your family. Its also a good
idea to have extras in case you have a guest. Bringing a
fuzzy blanket or two is also a good idea. You should also
have shovel in your trunk in the event your car ends up getting stuck in a snowbank.
Plan, Plan, Plan
Before you go out, check the weather. You want to avoid
going out in a snowstorm or a blizzard. You should also
allocate extra time to get to your destination.
The roads are slippery so driving slowly in winter
weather in a must. You also need to know you should
slow down sooner when you’re coming to a stop sign or a
Pedestrian safety is just an important as driving safety. In snowstorms or blizzards, as a pedestrian, you are very hard to see. Be extra careful when you’re crossing the streets. Cars may not see you clearly. To be safer, wear a reflective strip of tape on your jacket, or attach a reflective band around your arm so cars can see you.