Road Safety

Released: December 12, 2023 at 7:26 a.m.

Winter driving in Manitoba can be challenging. Know the weather and road conditions before heading out.

Road information is updated regularly. However, due to unexpected changes in the weather, actual road conditions may vary from the reports. You can keep up to date by visiting the websites or following us on Twitter or calling 511.

Learn more about winter maintenance on this site and visit the driving in Manitoba page for information on drinking and driving, distracted driver, child restraints and other information related to driving in Manitoba. 

These tips will help keep you safe on roads.

  • Check the weather forecast and driving conditions before travelling.
  • Delay or cancel your trip if travel is not recommended.
  • Ensure your vehicle is in good winter driving condition.
  • Completely clear all windows, mirrors and lights of snow and ice.
  • Warm up your vehicle to prevent window fogging.
  • Allow extra time for travelling.
  • Carry a winter emergency car kit.
  • If conditions worsen while driving, turn back or find a safe place to stop until the weather eases.
  • Advise people of your departure, approximate travel time and the route you are taking.


  • It takes longer to stop on roads with slush, ice or snow.
  • Bridges and overpasses can be extremely slippery even if the rest of the road is not.
  • Compared to summer, stopping a car in winter will take:
    • twice the distance on slushy surfaces
    • three times the distance on soft or loose snow
    • four times the distance on packed snow
    • up to 12 times the distance on ice-covered surfaces 

Learn more about road safety.

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