County Peace Officers Remind Drivers to Travel Safely
Lac La Biche County Peace Officers would like to remind motorists to travel safely with some basic winter driving tips.
Roadways and intersections can easily accumulate “black” ice and wheel path ice as temperatures drop. This makes intersections and highways extremely slippery in some areas, and can easily cause a vehicle to lose control.
Wheel patch is an accumulation of moisture in driving lanes. When it freezes, a very thin and slick layer of ice forms. Wheel path ice is almost unavoidable and difficult for drivers to see. When drivers hit this section of ice while travelling at higher speeds, they can lose control and collide with other traffic. Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed if the road conditions are not optimal. Ensure that you look ahead for possible changes in conditions and other vehicles. Remember that the posted speed limit is the approved speed limit only if the roadway is in optimal condition.
Here are some safe driving tips:
- Plan your route ahead of time;
- Check local road conditions and the Alberta 511 system;
- Ensure that you have some means of calling for help if you become stranded;
- Reduce your speed and drive to the conditions;
- Reduce your speed at intersections and near crosswalks;
- Look ahead while driving and plan your driving to avoid potential collisions and emergencies;
- Slow down for emergency vehicles that are stopped on roadways;
- Always tell someone the route you are travelling and when you are expecting to be there so they can call for help if you don’t arrive;
- Make sure your tires are in good winter driving condition;
- Ensure your vehicle is running well;
- Have a first aid kit and survival materials in your vehicle in case you become stranded;
- Dress for the weather and ensure you have winter clothing in your vehicle; and
- Watch out for wildlife that are typically on the move at night.