Winter driving safety tips
Winter driving conditions can create risks around electrical equipment and emergency work. Reduced visibility, icy conditions, and unpredictable weather mean we should be extra careful.
Change your driving habits for the conditions
Change your speed, spacing, and braking for the conditions to help prevent accidents. Gentle driving habits are especially important on icy or snow-covered roads and when visibility is limited.
Know about where ice builds up
Ice likes to build up on ramps, bridge decks, and intersections. Keep an eye out for black ice. It makes the road look black and shiny instead of grey or white. Slow down in these areas.
Pay close attention to the road
Being distracted for just a second can cause an accident. Scan the road ahead. Watch for other vehicles, pedestrians, wildlife, power equipment, worksites. Always obey road safety signs.
Make sure you can see and are visible to others
Keep your windshield washer fluid topped up and replace damaged wiper blades. Always make sure other drivers can see you. Turn your headlights on, even during the day, and keep them clean.
Avoid cruise control
Don't use cruise control in extreme winter driving conditions. If you suddenly hit a patch of ice or water, you could lose control of your vehicle. Save cruise control for when the roads are clear.