We’re receiving quite a bit of snow today and if you’re travelling on the roads, you know how stressful winter driving can be.
Here are a few tips from the Ministry of Transportation for winter-ready driving:
- Get your vehicle ready for winter. This includes carrying an ice scraper, having plenty of washer fluid, and installing winter tires.
- Be prepared: a full tank of gas, fully-charged cell phone, water, non-perishable food items, flashlight, blanket, warm clothes, jumper cables, shovel and traction mats or sand.
- Before leaving the house be sure to check road conditions and closures on mississauga.ca/snow. Use your judgement – if conditions are really bad, reconsider your trip altogether.
- While driving, slow down, stay alert and in control -you should drive according to weather conditions. Often collisions occur because drivers are going too fast.
- If you see reflections on the road, it may not be water and could in fact be ice.
- When turning a corner, steer gently.
- If you skid, release your brakes and steer in the direction you want to go but do not over steer as it could cause skidding.
- Share the road and watch for snowplows – drive slowly near working snowplows, be patient, and give them room.
- As always: do not use any cell phones while driving. This can prevent collisions and ensures that you are alert and in control while driving in poor winter conditions.
To hear recorded information about plowing and salting during a snow event, call the City’s Information Snow Line at 905-615-SNOW (7669). You can also follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter for updates on City snow clearing.