Ontario’s drivers will likely have to face the first dangers of driving on icy roads covered with snow this winter within another month. Regardless of how many years of experience drivers have, winter driving will always be risky. Complacency is one of the most significant dangers. Having an accident-free driving history is no guarantee that they will remain accident-free.
Recognizing the dangers and mitigating the risks of winter driving might see more people arriving at their destinations safely. Planning ahead is crucial before drivers take to the roads, even for daily commuting.
Avoid back roads
Staying on the main roads might be a good idea. Cities and towns typically attend to main routes first. However, drivers must expect to share the streets with salt trucks and snowplows maintaining roads during snowstorms or icy conditions. Nevertheless, it will be safer than risking lives on unsalted, unplowed roads, where many weather-related accidents occur.
“I never even saw the car/pedestrian…” are words uttered after too many accidents that caused catastrophic or fatal injuries. Every road user, including pedestrians, should make sure they are clearly visible while out on the roads. Drivers must not take to the roads without checking their vehicle’s headlights before each trip rather than only at the start of winter. They must always ensure the headlights are snow-free and on for the entire trip. Safe following distances is crucial, and drivers must avoid distractions.
Avoid driving in extreme conditions
Checking expected weather conditions as a part of planning a trip is a good idea. Except for emergencies, no trip could be worth the life of a driver, passengers or other road users. Maybe postponing a trip by hours or day might save lives. However, if a driver causes a car accident due to negligence or recklessness, the injured victims likely have grounds to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of Ontario.