RNC Advising Motorists to “BE PREPARED FOR SNOW”
(ST. JOHN’S, NL) December 5, 2018 – The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is issuing an advisory to motorists in relation to this week’s foretasted winter weather.
With a winter storm forecast for most of the province, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) are issuing a reminder that driving conditions could rapidly and unexpectedly change, creating hazards and challenges for drivers. The RNC is reminding motorists to check weather and road reports before they leave where they are.
Allow extra time when travelling to and from destinations in winter and slow down. Travel below the posted limit and increase your following distance. Always assume road conditions will be slippery in winter.
Tips on preparing yourself and your vehicle for safe winter driving:
- Check the current weather conditions and the forecast and monitor the media for weather and road conditions.
- Dress for winter even though you will be in your car. Then you will be prepared if you become stranded.
- Carry a cell phone to contact emergency services if you experience trouble.
- Carry a survival kit in your vehicle. For a description of a winter driving survival kit visit: http://www.gov.nl.ca/fes/epw/readykitgo.html Recommended items include a shovel, salt, blanket, booster cables, flashlight, high energy foods, matches and a candle.
- Ensure your vehicle is mechanically safe and sound.
- Ensure you have winter tires on your vehicle.
- Make sure your heater and defroster is working properly.
- Check all your lights to ensure they are working including your hazards.
- Make sure your windows are ALL clear of ice and snow.
- Ensure your wiper blades are in good working condition.
- Fill up your windshield fluid and make sure it’s working properly.
- Have an ice scraper or snow brush in your vehicle to clear the snow and ice from all windows, mirrors, lights and roof.
- Keep your fuel tank at least half full so that you don’t run out of gas if stranded, and to prevent condensation in your fuel tank.
- Be aware of neighbours or family members, especially the elderly, who may need some assistance with snow clearing or company should weather create mobility challenges.
Lastly, have your vehicle fully serviced to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Newfoundland and Labrador winters can make for some of the most challenging winter driving in Canada, and the RNC is reminding motorists that these important safety tips will go a long way in ensuring that you make it through winter safely.
RNC is reminding people that safe driving habits save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.
Cst. Geoffrey G. Higdon #819
Media Relations / Social Media Officer
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
1 Fort Townshend, St. John’s, NL, A1C-2G2