Traffic Tip Tuesday – January 21, 2019
Traffic Tip Tuesday is brought to you by Ryan Waller with Home Group Realty.
Driving in winter weather can be unpredictable, but some extra preparation and caution can help you stay safe. Here’s a few tips from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation
- Before you leave check the weather forecast and road conditions. If it looks bad, delay your trip if you can
- Clear ice and snow from your windows, lights, mirrors and roof.
- When you hit the road, slow down and stay in control. Many winter collisions happen because drivers are going too fast for road conditions.
- Don’t use cruise control on wet, snowy or icy pavement. It reduces your reaction time and vehicle control.
- Steer gently on curves and in slippery conditions. Hard braking, quick acceleration and sudden gear changes can cause you to skid.
- If you do skid, release your brakes and steer in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to steer too far though or the car could spin.
- It takes longer to stop on slippery roads so make sure there’s extra space between you and other vehicles.
- Focus on the road and stay alert. Put down the phone and don’t drive distracted.
- Pay attention to the road surface. Asphalt in winter should look grey-white. If it looks black and shiny it could be covered in ice. Remember that shaded areas, bridges and overpasses freeze earlier than other sections of road.
- Use your vehicle’s full lighting system in poor visibility and whiteout conditions. If conditions become dangerous, pull over safely and wait for the weather to improve.
Today’s Guelph Road Safety Traffic Tip has been brought to you by Ryan Waller, Sales Representative with Home Group Realty & real estate writer for Guelph Today. Check out ryanwaller.ca