The winter storm that is moving into southern Manitoba is expected to dump up to 20 cm of snow over the next couple of days in most areas with even more possible in higher elevations.
As conditions are expected to deteriorate quite quickly Manitoba Infrastructure and the RCMP are reminding drivers to be cautious and drive for winter road conditions.
“Winter driving in Manitoba can be challenging but the province’s snow removal crews are ready and equipped to clear our highways, and we urge motorists to practice safe driving measures to ensure every trip is a return trip,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler.
Manitoba RCMP remind drivers that before heading out on the highways they should have their vehicles ready for winter driving. That means doing simple things like making sure you have the correct tires on your vehicle and the tire pressures are correct. Topping up your windshield washer fluid and having an emergency kit in your vehicle.
As the current storm intensifies snow clearing equipment will be on the roadways and the province reminds driver to stay well back from the equipment and never attempt to pass a snow plow while it is in operation.
The RCMP issued a number of safe winter driving tips that drivers should keep in mind:
- Posted speed limits are for ideal travel conditions. On winter roads, be aware there could be ice. 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
Drivers can check road conditions across the province at Manitoba511.ca
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