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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

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