Winter intersections: drive safely by expecting the unexpected

January 8, 2018
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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Intersections can be difficult for motorists at the best of times. That's why driving cautiously is especially important during the winter months.

"Take all the intersection safety precautions you use in the summer and double them," says Cst. Chad Morrison of the Nova Scotia RCMP. "In winter conditions, drivers need to work extra hard to position themselves so they can recover from unexpected weather-related setbacks like skidding and spinning tires. They can do this by braking earlier, driving slower and giving other vehicles plenty of space."

Drivers can position themselves to recover from unexpected setbacks by using the following tips:

When travelling through an intersection...

  • Brake earlier and hover over your brakes so you can stop quickly if needed.
  • Give other drivers plenty of space.
  • If you're stopped at a red light, give the vehicle in front of you lots of space before starting up again.

When turning...

  • Give yourself enough space so that if your wheels spin out, other drivers will be able to stop before hitting you.
  • Before turning left on a yellow light, scan the intersection for oncoming traffic. Don't turn until you are certain you have enough space and time to do so safely. When in doubt, wait it out.
  • Scan the scene as you approach an intersection to be sure you're not cutting off pedestrians.

The winter months bring extra driving challenges, but excellent drivers expect the unexpected and position themselves to recover from setbacks.

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Contact information

Cst. Chad Morrison
Nova Scotia RCMP
Office: 902-720-5789
chad.morrison@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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