Winter driving safety tips
Now that winter has arrived the Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind all drivers to “JUST SLOW DOWN” when encountering icy or snow-covered roads.
Following these simple tips can help ensure the safety of yourself and your passengers.
Plan ahead - When adverse weather conditions occur, give yourself extra travel time so you don’t need to rush.
Increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you – Adjust this distance according to road conditions and the speed you are travelling.
Remember that in winter your vehicle requires a greater stopping distance.
Be alert to pedestrians at all times as well as slippery patches - Road conditions can change abruptly in winter. Watch for black ice when approaching bridges and overpasses.
Keep windows and windshields clear of ice and snow - Top-up your windshield fluid and make sure your defroster and windshield wipers are working properly.
Keep your lights on – Allow yourself to be seen when driving in adverse winter conditions.
Consider purchasing winter tires - They provide additional traction in cold weather. Tire pressure should also be checked monthly as air pressure decreases in cold weather.
Get an emergency car kit – Have the appropriate safety and emergency equipment always readily available in your vehicle.
Every member of the community should be on the lookout for a potentially bad situation.
MAKE THE RIGHT CALL
Emergency Dial: 911
Non-emergency Police Dial: 204-986-6222