The Regina Police Service is encouraging motorists to recall, and start practicing, good winter driving habits now that the first snowfall of the season has arrived.
So far today, it appears drivers are handling the change in weather. As of 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2010, there have been no motor vehicle collisions in Regina involving injury. There were two calls to the Communications Centre between 0600 and 1100 hours reporting minor property damage collisions, but each of these were cases where the drivers exchanged information and will report directly to SGI.
Since today’s weather will be the norm in the months to come, the Regina Police Service is encouraging drivers to employ the following winter driving strategies:
- Reduce speed on most roadways. The posted speed limit represents the maximum allowed under ideal conditions. Snow and ice on the road surface and reduced visibility because of blowing snow are less-than-ideal conditions. Slow down!
- Allow more stopping distance; apply your brakes carefully;
- Give more room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you;
- Allow more travel time to reach your destination. Being late increases the temptation to drive faster than conditions permit.
- Clear all snow from your vehicle. See and be seen!
- Check weather forecasts and the highway hotline before taking a road trip. If weather and road conditions are deteriorating, consider staying where you are.