The Nelson Police Department wants everyone to reach their destination safely this holiday season. With winter driving conditions upon us drivers should be aware that changing a few driving habits will keep them and others safe on our roads.
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.
Increase your distance between other vehicles as stopping distance on an icy road is double the stopping distance on a dry one.
Clear all snow and frost from your vehicle before driving so that you can see and be seen.
Ensure you have windshield washer fluid that is rated for winter use so you can keep your windshield clean and your line of vision clear.
Have extra winter wear in your vehicle, such as toques, mittens and winter boots. Keep a road safety kit and shovel in your vehicle.
Be aware of road conditions before you set out. If road conditions are unfavorable, the safest strategy is to avoid driving.
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.
Safe and happy travels!