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Winter Driving Safety

In the spirit of the winter storm hitting the majority of Newfoundland this weekend, we thought it would be a good time to address winter driving safety.

  • BE PREPARED – Always check weather conditions before travelling.  Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a winter safety kit.
  • FUEL UP – Make sure your vehicle is filled with fuel in case you encounter a roadside emergency or your trip takes longer than anticipated.
  • RESTRICTED TRAVELLING – depending on the severity of the weather conditions and impending conditions, road travel may be restricted.  Always heed weather warnings to avoid travel in poor conditions.
  • PROPER EQUIPMENT – Insure you inspect your vehicle’s tires and overall operating condition prior to heading out in winter weather.
  • WINDOWS & LIGHTS – Prior to starting your travels, ensure all your windows are clean and clear of frost.  It’s also important to ensure your headlights and taillights are clean.
  • SAFE DISTANCE – Always maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front of you.  It’s also important to keep a safe distance from snow clearing equipment and emergency vehicles.
  • DRIVING SPEED – Remember that posted speed limits are a maximum.  You must always adjust your driving speed to the conditions of the road.
  • CELL PHONE USE – Never use your cell phone while driving.  Drivers utilizing cell phones while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a vehicular accident.

It’s important that you check weather conditions, road conditions and the condition of the vehicle you’re driving.  Limit driving in poor weather conditions and make alternative plans.  Unless there’s an emergency, driving in stormy and blizzard conditions should be avoided.

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