Halifax District RCMP responded to over forty motor vehicle collisions during yesterday’s snowstorm.
Collisions happened on a variety of roads and highways and some were caused by motorists who were unprepared for the slippery conditions.
Although it’s early in the season, RCMP is taking this opportunity to remind motorists of the importance of preparing for the next winter storm.
“We all have a role to play in keeping each other safe,” says Cpl. Dal Hutchinson of Halifax District RCMP. “Slow down, be aware of other motorists and adjust your driving for the weather and road conditions.”
The checklist below can help you stay safe in winter conditions.
· Before heading out, check current road and weather conditions. Nova Scotia residents can call 511 or visit http://511.gov.ns.ca/en/ for this information.
· Before you leave, check that the following are in good condition:
- snow tires
- windshield wipers
- windshield wiper fluid
- fuel gauge
- Clear snow off of your entire vehicle.
- En route:
- Turn on your headlights. Don’t count on automatic headlights unless you test them frequently in a variety of light conditions.
- Turn on your taillights as necessary.
- Slow down. When roads are slippery, it will take more time and distance to stop.
- Leave a safe amount of space behind the vehicle in front of you, especially on the highway. Anyone who has been in a collision knows that an extra second or two can make a huge difference.
- Remember that although four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles may reduce your chance of getting stuck, they do not improve your ability to stop.
Sometimes police advise motorists to avoid travelling if possible. This advice should be followed as it helps keep you safe, makes it easier for plows to clear roads and allows emergency vehicles to respond quickly.
-Source: Media Release