With the recent snowfall in the past 24 hours, it is the most dangerous time to drive a vehicle. The Durham Regional Police has responded to numerous collisions, two involving fatalities.
With snow, ice and slush on the roads, it’s important to be extra cautious and to be prepared for emergencies. Additionally, snowbanks can impede a driver’s line of vision so motorists should use extra caution during this time to check those spots for pedestrians and vehicles.
Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the roads:
▪ Give yourself extra time to reach your destination to avoid speeding and stress. Stay alert, slow down and stay in control when driving.
▪ Drive according to current road and weather conditions.
▪ Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
▪ Avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly.
▪ Invest in a roadside safety kit and keep it in your trunk.
▪ Always wear a seatbelt, regardless of the time of year
▪ Check local weather and road conditions before leaving for your destination
▪ Bring a cellphone and emergency kit with you in case of a break-down
▪ Stick to the speed limit, or go slower depending on conditions of the road
▪ Regularly check blind spots
▪ Be aware of snow plows, salt trucks and emergency vehicles on the roads
For additional information, please watch our Winter Driving Safety video.
Preparing your vehicle for the winter
1. Install four matching winter tires
2. Pack an emergency kit
3. Learn and practice winter driving techniques before you need them
4. Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions
5. Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip
6. Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather
7. Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads
8. Travel with a fully charged cellphone
9. Slow down and wear your seatbelt
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