**** HRP Media Release
Police remind motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions
With the forecast calling for a mix of snow and rain tomorrow, police are advising motorist to prepare for changing road conditions throughout the day.
Allow extra time for your commute so you don’t feel that you have to rush. Before heading out, take the time to clear all the snow off your entire vehicle, including the roof. Leaving snow on your vehicle can be dangerous to other road users, especially if it blows off in slabs. Ensure that all windows are clear of both ice and snow and turn on your headlights. This not only increases visibility but is required by law.
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. 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.
Motorists are reminded to keep a watchful eye out for pedestrians, particularly at intersections and crosswalks, and 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.