With significant changes in weather during the winter season, it is imperative that drivers operate their vehicles taking into consideration the roadway conditions, high snow banks and other potential issues that may be encountered, said police.
The focus on winter driving behaviours is part of the traffic management unit's 12-month high visibility program. Its goal is to enhance the safety of roadways and to promote public awareness in relation to proper driving, vehicle operating behaviours and roadway use while focusing on different roadway safety initiatives every month.
Driving safety tips:
-Match your speed to the road conditions, even if it means driving slower than the posted speed limit. That way you can maintain control of your vehicle and have ample time to stop.
-Constantly scan the road for potential dangers. Be especially cautious when blowing snow or heavy plumes of exhaust impair your vision.
-Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle you are following.
-When you stop for pedestrians; understand that it takes time to cross icy streets safely. Give pedestrians the time and space they need, and don't proceed until they've completely cleared the road.