Safe Driving this Winter

first_img If possible, avoid driving during a storm. Watch for black ice. Remember that bridge decks freeze before adjacent roadways. Leave plenty of time to reach your destination. Prepare your vehicle for winter travel: check tires, wipers, washer fluid level, antifreeze and heater/defroster and make sure you have a safety kit. Pass only when safe. Allow for longer braking distances. Stay clear of snowplows. The department provides updated road condition reports threetimes a day, seven days a week in winter by calling toll-free 1-800-307-SNOW (7669), or 902-424-3933 in Halifax RegionalMunicipality. The service is also available online atwww.gov.ns.ca/tran . The province is responsible for 23,000 kilometres of roads andhighways, and spends between $36 million and $40 million a yearon snow and ice removal. More than 400 plows — includinggraders, trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles — are used forwinter maintenance. Nova Scotia motorists are being reminded to stay alert, slowdown, and stay in control when driving during winter months. “It’s important that drivers think about road safety at alltimes, especially in winter,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “Safety is always our toppriority, and our crews are out there making the roads safe fordrivers in difficult, often dangerous conditions.” The department of transportation offers the following safety tipsfor motorists heading out in poor weather:last_img

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