With back and forth travelling between Canada and the United States soon available again after many months, some of the visitors to Toronto and other destinations in Ontario might not be prepared for driving in harsh winter conditions. Those without experience driving in snow and on icy roads could lose control of their vehicles and cause car accidents that might leave other road users severely injured or worse.
Precaution before driving off
The best way to stay safe in severe weather conditions is to stay off the road until conditions improve. If a trip is unavoidable, drivers should inform someone of the destination, the planned route and the expected time of arrival. Other basics, regardless of the weather, include being sober, ensuring everybody in the vehicle wears their seat belt and avoiding distractions caused by mobile phones, passenger interaction and more. The car must be in good order, including tires, headlights and windshield wipers.
Steps to reduce crash risks
The most common safety precautions for drivers with little or no experience in dealing with snow and black ice includes the following:
- Keep the headlights on while driving
- Clear the windows of fog and frost
- Stay on primary routes and avoid backroads
- Adjust speed to match weather and road conditions
- Avoid passing other vehicles when vision and road conditions are poor
- Take extra care when changing lanes because snow and slush gather between lanes
It is always a good idea to be fully prepared when embarking on a road trip during a snowstorm and other adverse conditions. A driver whose negligence led to a car accident in which others suffered injuries or death might be held liable for the financial and other damages caused. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits can be filed in an Ontario civil court.