Keeping Safe When Driving in Winter Weather

Updated January 2022


Driving in wintery conditions can be a bone-chilling experience for many drivers. Here are some tips to help you stay safe on the road during the winter months.


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Before You Go:

  • Check weather and road conditions and plan your route accordingly.
  • Give yourself plenty of travel time so there is no temptation to drive faster than conditions allow.
  • Ensure good visibility by clearing snow and ice from windows and any external mirrors, camera lenses and/ or sensors.


On Slippery Roads:

  • Take your time and do not drive faster than what is safe.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly and smoothly and allow plenty of stopping distance.
  • Stay alert and focused on the driving task.
  • Do not use cruise control while driving on a slick road.

If You Run Into Trouble:

  • When visibility is very limited, find a safe place to completely pull off the road and wait for conditions to improve.
  • Do not remain on the shoulder unless it is an absolute emergency, as other vehicles may not be able to see you.
  • Avoid leaving your car unless you’re positive you can find help and can easily return to your vehicle.

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