Police remind motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions

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Police remind motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions

Police advise motorists to adjust their driving in light of today’s forecasted snowfall and to be mindful of the changing road conditions throughout the day.

Winter driving conditions can vary dramatically in our region and require the driver’s full attention. Road conditions often warrant a significantly slower speed than what is posted. Remember to allow extra time for your commute so you don’t feel that you have to rush. When the roads are slippery, a vehicle’s stopping distance increases so allow extra space between you and the road user ahead. When approaching a red light or stop sign, begin stopping earlier to help prevent sliding into the intersection.

Before heading out, take the time to clear all the snow off your entire vehicle, including the roof. It can be very dangerous to other road users, especially if it blows off in slabs. Ensure that all windows are clear of both ice and snow. This not only increases your visibility but is required by law.

Motorists are asked to turn on their headlights and watch for pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles. Pedestrians are reminded to make eye contact with drivers and wait until the vehicle comes to a complete stop before attempting to cross the road.

We thank everyone for doing their part to help keep our roads safe.

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