Drivers should adjust behaviour with the arrival of winter weather

A bad weather day in Manitoba ─ freezing rain, blowing and drifting snow, white-out conditions ─ can result in more than 1,000 collisions over a 24-hour period, according to Manitoba Public Insurance. In comparison, on a normal winter day Manitoba’s public insurer will open about 500 collision claims.

With a weather disturbance tracking across southern Saskatchewan, heading into regions of Manitoba, drivers are strongly encouraged to drive to road conditions. Most regions of southern Manitoba, including Winnipeg, are expected to receive snowfall amounts of five to 10 over the next couple of days, according to Environment Canada. In addition, there is a risk of freezing rain in southern regions of the province.

Safety tips

  • Before you head out on the highway, check for road and weather conditions by calling 511.
  • Be cautious in traveling on overpasses and bridges. The surfaces on these structures can freeze quickly due to no ground insulation.
  • Don’t rush. Give yourself five or 10 extra minutes to get to your destination safely.
  • See where you’re going. At this time of year, keeping windshields clear is essential so make sure windshield washer fluid is topped up and windows are clear of snow and ice.
  • Allow more time to stop. Traction is reduced when roads are slippery it takes more time to come to a complete stop. If you don’t have winter tires, it’s not too late to get them.
  • Leave more space. Don’t tailgate at any time and remember that following distance should be increased when travelling at higher speeds or in poor visibility.
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