As the first winter storm of the season is expected and occurring across many parts of the province, Manitoba RCMP are reminding drivers to use extreme caution and follow some basic winter driving tips to stay safe.

Vehicle preparation tips:

  • have proper tires on your vehicle – tire pressure decreases in colder weather, so check your tire pressure often
  • ensure you have windshield washer fluid that is rated for winter use so you can keep your windshield clean and your line of vision clear
  • clear all snow and frost from your vehicle before driving so that you can see and be seen
  • ensure wheel wells are cleared of slush or build-up that could impede your ability to steer
  • have extra winter wear in your vehicle, such as toques, mittens and winter boots
  • keep a road safety kit and shovel in your vehicle

Safe winter driving tips:

  • posted speed limits are for ideal travel conditions – on winter roads, be aware there could be ice and driving at reduced speeds is a great precautionary measure against slippery conditions
  • do not use cruise control
  • increase your distance between other vehicles as stopping distance on an icy road is double the stopping distance on a dry one
  • observe road signs pointing out icy spots, such as bridges and overpasses
  • if you start to skid, do not brake or accelerate. Look where you want the vehicle to go and steer in that direction
  • as always, keep in mind the basic safety rules: buckle up, slow down, drive with caution, be aware, be alert, be sober, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and keep focused on the road
  • check weather and road conditions before heading out – if road conditions are unfavourable, the safest strategy is to avoid driving

Manitoba RCMP advise that winter weather is on its way and being prepared will help keep you and others safe on our roads.