Winter Driving

Motorists can stay safe in the winter by driving safely. These tips can help you and your family get around safely over the winter season.

  • Be aware and be cautious. Weather conditions can Police Officer during winterdeteriorate quickly or change as you travel.
  • Slow down. Posted speed limits reflect ideal conditions, not wet or snowy conditions.
  • Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. On slippery road surfaces, double the two-second rule.
  • Avoid sudden turns of the steering wheel, and sudden braking and accelerating that could cause a skid.
  • Avoid situations where you may have to break suddenly on a slippery surface.
  • See and be seen. Always clear ice and snow from all vehicle windows to maximize visibility, and turn on your vehicle's full lighting system when blowing snow and white-outs impair your visibility.
  • Make sure you know how to use your braking system in all weather and road conditions.
  • Allow more time to get to your destination. Extra time is required to negotiate snow-covered roads.
  • Invest in winter tires. They improve traction on the road during changing winter road conditions. 
  • Always have plenty of windshield washer fluid to assist with visibility.

Driving in Freezing Rain

  • Make sure to clear all ice/snow from your vehicle.  While travelling, ice/snow that has not been removed may dislodge and fly onto other vehicles.  This may cause injury and/or damage.
  • Give yourself more distance between vehicles. This will give you enough distance to stop; and it may give you time to react if ice/snow, coming off another vehicle, is heading towards your vehicle.
  • Be cognizant that not all vehicles have the ice/snow removed.  In the case of larger vehicles, like transport trucks, there may be ice/snow on the roof of their trailers.
  • Reduce your speed and drive according to the road conditions.
  • Give yourself more time to get to your destination.
  • Have your car winter ready.  Having winter tires, proper windshield wipers can make you drive much safer.