Transportation and Works

Winter Driving Advice

Weather and road conditions can change very quickly. Snow reduces visibility and stopping distance and we really stress that motorists should drive defensively and adjust their speeds to suit conditions. Safety must remain a top priority for everyone on our provincial roads and highways.

  • Slow down. Speed limits posted on the highways and on municipal roads are for ideal driving conditions, which are considered to be sunny summer days.
  • Know road conditions. Before you head out on the road, check the weather forecast so you know what you may be able to expect. Also, check the Department of Transportation and Works’ website for live camera pictures of highways in various regions throughout the province.
  • Leave room and look ahead. Slippery roads can inhibit your ability to react and stop. If you leave a greater distance between your car and the one in front of you, then you can adjust more easily should someone suddenly stop or lose control ahead of you.
  • Allow extra time. It may take you longer to get to your destination, so you should allow extra time to get there on time. That way you will not feel rushed and drive too fast for the conditions of the roads.
  • Maintain visibility. Clear snow and ice from your windshield, windows and from the head and taillights. You want to be able to see well plus you want others to see you easily. Your wipers should be in good working condition, too, so that they can clear snow from the windshield.
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