As Nova Scotians adjust to the changing weather, the RCMP is asking motorists to plan ahead, prepare their vehicles for the road, drive patiently and assist those in need if possible.
The tips below can help keep yourself and others safe on the road.
Before heading out, check:
· current road and weather conditions
· road and weather conditions you may encounter on your trip
Nova Scotia residents can call 511 or visithttp://511.gov.ns.ca/en/ for a list of current road conditions. Motorists should always tell someone about their travel plans, especially during times of inclement weather. It is also helpful to weigh the importance of the trip against current weather conditions. 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 the roads and allows emergency vehicles to respond quickly.
Before you leave
Check that the following are in good condition before you hit the road:
· windshield wipers
· windshield wiper fluid
· fuel gauge
Clear snow off of:
· all windows
· side mirrors
· tail lights
Any snow you don’t clear from your vehicle could blow off and create hazardous conditions for others. Police will ticket drivers who fail to clean off their vehicle properly.
· 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.
· Leave a safe amount of space behind the vehicle in front of you, especially on the highway.
· 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.
It’s no secret that good winter driving requires patience. It can be irritating to adjust your driving habits but it makes a huge difference to your safety and the safety of others.
If you see a vehicle involved in a collision
· Stop if it’s safe to do so
· Report the collision to police and provide the exact location, vehicle descriptions, license plates and whether there are injuries, smoke or fluids.
A little extra preparation and patience go a long way toward keeping Nova Scotia roads safe in the winter. Good drivers plan ahead, prepare their vehicles for the road, drive patiently and assist those in need if possible.
Source: Media Release