December 03, 2009 11:09 ET

Transport Canada: Winter Driving-Be Ready, Be Safe

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2009) - Transport Canada would like to remind Canadians to drive safely during the winter season. Each year there are too many fatalities and people seriously injured on Canada's roads. By taking some simple steps, Canadians can improve safety on the roads this winter.

Transport Canada invites motorists to take note of the following tips when driving in winter conditions:

- Install winter tires on all wheels for winter driving. Winter tires provide better traction, give you better control over your vehicle and increase stability in slippery and snowy conditions.

- Make sure that tire valves are equipped with caps to keep out snow and ice.

- Check tire pressure at least once a month, preferably after the vehicle has been parked outside overnight because tire pressure decreases as the temperature drops.

- Clear the snow and ice off your vehicle so you can see properly while driving.

- Be prepared for black ice, which occurs more often in shaded areas and is difficult to see.

- Be cautious on bridges and highway overpasses, which freeze quickly and remain frozen longer than other sections of the road.

- Give yourself extra distance to stop, as roads may be icy.

- Do not use cruise (speed) control in slippery conditions.

- Check weather conditions before setting out on extended trips and allow for extra travel time when weather is bad.

- Don't drink and drive.

- Dress properly - wear warm clothing.

- Carry a winter emergency kit.

- Bring a cell phone for emergency purposes but respect local laws on usage
while driving.

For more information on winter driving, please visit the Transport Canada website at

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Contact Information

  • Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa