Winter weather often means reduced visibility and slippery roads. The key to arriving at your destination safely is to be alert, be cautious, and take it slowly.  

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) encourages you to adopt the following winter driving safety tips:

Clear Off Your Vehicle

You may be tempted to do the minimum to clean off your vehicle, but during the winter it is more important than ever to have full visibility of the road and surrounding traffic.

Before starting your trip, clean off the entire windshield and all of the windows. Wipe off the headlights, tail lights, and turn signals so that others may see you. 

Accelerate Safely

To keep your grip, start off slow and easy. Do not spin your wheels. When you are pulling out, use a light foot on the accelerator, easing forward gently.

Stop Safely

Depending on the size of your vehicle, it takes three to 12 times the distance to stop on ice and snow-covered roads than on dry roads. Give yourself more time to brake and leave more of a gap between yourself and the car in front of you.

Snow-covered road with a warning sign

Slow Down

Slow down early when you approach a slippery intersection, curve, or hill.  Adjust to the existing road, weather, and traffic conditions.

Plan lane changes well in advance, and give yourself enough time to make manoeuvers safely and other vehicles enough time to provide a clear path. 

Vehicle Maintenance

Ensuring your vehicle is properly maintained at all times will help ensure you arrive safely at your destination. When driving, it is important to use your windshield wipers often and ensure that you are using winter washer fluid. If possible, switch to snow tires during winter months.