With the winter approaching, Aylmer Police Service would like to remind motorists of precautions to be taken when driving on hazardous roads. Driving during the winter months can be stressful. Slippery roads do contribute to accidents causing property damage, injuries and deaths. Whether traveling during the holidays or running errands, everyone should be prepared to cope with the difficulties of winter driving. Consider the following tips to help make your winter driving safer.
- Allow enough time. Trips can take longer during winter than other times of the year, especially if you encounter storm conditions or icy roads. Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- Keep your gas tank full. It may be necessary to change routes or turn back during a bad storm or you may be caught in a traffic delay.
- Keep windshield and windows clear. Use your window scraper. Use the car defroster and a clean cloth to keep the windows free of fog.
- Slow down. Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer, so keep your seat belt and those of your passengers buckled and leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Bridge decks and shady spots can be icy when other areas are not. Remember to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes.
- Be more observant. Visibility is often limited in winter by weather conditions. Slow down and watch for other vehicles that have flashing lights. Visibility may be so restricted during a storm that it is difficult to see the slow moving equipment.
- When stalled, stay with your vehicle and try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth. Be alert to any possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.
Don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver. Be rested. Tired drivers can be as dangerous as drivers who have been drinking.