During winter, drivers are reminded to use caution, reduce speed and remember to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes. Drivers must share the roads with snow storage, traffic and parking. When snow is graded, it pushes into ridges, called windrows, and may be stored along the curbs or the centre of the roadway.
- Take a few extra minutes to reach your destination.
- Make sure your view is not obstructed by snow and ice on your windows.
- Tune in to your favourite radio station for the latest weather conditions and up-to-date information on driving conditions.
More winter driving and safety tips from Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
City crews work 24/7 hours per day, seven days per week during the winter season to keep roads sanded and graded. The large machines used are equipped with flashing blue lights, typically move slowly in teams of two or more and can be found on the road at any time of day or night on any roadway. If you encounter maintenance equipment, slow down and keep a minimum of 15 metres behind. Be visible with headlights and be prepared to stop.
When you see a sanding truck approaching, pull over to the right as much as safely possible to avoid being hit with sand or salt. Avoid passing sanders and plows. If safe to do so, the operator will stop in the next intersection for traffic to pass. If passing is required, use extreme caution.