Winter weather is here and the Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding motorists to be safe and ready for the winter road conditions.
Winter driving can be stressful and it can challenge even the most experienced drivers so it's important to remember to drive to the road conditions. Here are some tips to help make the winter commute safer and more tolerable:
Plan ahead. Check weather and road conditions before heading out and adjust your expected arrival time accordingly so that you have lots of time to arrive safety at your destination.
Slow down. Roads are unpredictable when they're slippery so it's best to drive at a slower speed than you would normally. Accelerate and stop gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels.
Keep your distance. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles.
Be prepared. Consider investing in winter tires and assemble a winter emergency kit with items to keep you warm and hydrated if you become stranded on the road. For more information on things to keep in your emergency kit, visit the Canadian Red Cross website.
Stay calm and focused. Remaining calm and focused will allow you to respond better to unexpected challenges on wintery roads. Remember, other drivers are dealing with the same challenges.
For information on road conditions this winter, visit the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website or Twitter @NS_TIR and follow us on Facebook at Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia and Twitter @RCMPNS for #WinterWise tips.