Staying safe on winter roads
Holiday travel plans can bring us together with family and loved ones. However, because winter weather in Canada can be extreme, it’s important to take a few precautions before you hit the road so you arrive safe and sound.
The York Regional Police, based just north of Toronto, have provided a few tips to help keep you safe on the roads.
Traveling in a winter wonderland
Weathering the conditions: Double-check the weather conditions before heading out. Weather can be severe and change quickly, so it’s extremely important to know the latest weather and traffic conditions, and to leave yourself plenty of time to arrive safely.
Get road-ready: Ensure your vehicle is prepared for the winter. Investing in winter tires is a good place to start. Top-up windshield fluids and antifreeze, ensure you have enough gas for every journey, and update your car’s emergency kit. Clear snow and ice from the windshield and mirrors, as well as from the top of the car and from wheel-wells to increase safety for other drivers.
Buckle up: Always wear your seatbelt, and make sure all of your passengers do too. While this may seem obvious as it's the law, it’s also the most important safety consideration no matter the road conditions.
Eyes on the road: Drive slowly and be aware of other motorists and road hazards. Winter roadways can feature big snow-removal vehicles and sand/salt-trucks, as well as distracted drivers and crosswalks full of pedestrians with arm-loads of gifts! Take the necessary precautions and make sure you’re always in control of your vehicle.
Arrive alive: The holidays are all about good times with family and friends. Don’t drink and drive.
Plan for the best, prepare for the worst
Icy roads, limited visibility, Top 40 Radio…lots of things can impact your time on the road this winter. If you are involved in a fender-bender this season, remember to contact local police immediately if your collision involves:
- Injury to you, your passenger, a pedestrian, cyclist, or someone in another vehicle
- Any suspected criminal activity such as impaired driving
- Any damage to property such as a parked car
In the event of a collision, you should also call us immediately to speak with a Claims Advisor. Our Claims department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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York Regional Police Homepage. Retrieved Oct 26, 2017 from https://www.yrp.ca/en/index.asp
Insurance Bureau of Canada. Winter Weather. Retrieved Oct 26, 2017 from http://www.ibc.ca/pe/disaster/winter-weather
Insurance Bureau of Canada. IBC Top 10: Tips for a safe holiday season on the roads. Retrieved Oct 26, 2017 from http://www.ibc.ca/on/resources/media-centre/media-releases/ibc-top-10-tips-for-a-safe-holiday-season-on-the-roads-2015