Winter Driving

Winter driving on roads and highways can either be an exhilarating adventure or a frustrating, hazardous nightmare. The Brockville Police Service would like to offer you the following information to help make your winter driving a more safe, pleasant experience.

BEFORE HEADING OUT:

  • Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster and heater are in top condition
  • Check your antifreeze and windshield washer fluid to be ready for colder temperatures
  • Carry an ice scraper, a broom for brushing snow off your car, and a shovel to dig yourself out if you get stuck
  • It is also a good idea to carry water, food, warm blankets, candles and extra clothing, just in case the unthinkable happens
  • Carry emergency devices such as” flares, flashlights, pylons, fluorescent vest and a    sign available at hardware stores and department stores

DRIVING TIPS:

  • Buckle your seat belt!!!
  • Get an early start to your trip 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
  • Keep windshield and windows clear. You may want to stop at a safe turnoff to use a snow brush or scraper
  • Slow down! A highway speed of 100 km/hr may be safe in dry conditions, but it’s an invitation for trouble on snow and ice
  • Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer, so leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead
  • If your vehicle stalls, stay with your vehicle and keep your window slightly open for ventilation
  • Don’t use a cellular phone while you are driving.

JUST REMEMBER – if you plan ahead and drive cautiously, you should have few problems getting through winter!