Slippery roads equal accidents

  • Nov. 8, 2010 9:00 a.m.

Freezing conditions early Monday morning (Nov. 8) led to a few vehicles going off the highway, including one that rolled onto its side while driving along Tow Hill Road, causing major damage to the vehicle and minor injuries to the driver and passenger. Cpl. Andrew Baylis at the Masset RCMP detachment said the accident should serve as a warning to other drivers to be extremely careful of icy road conditions. Black ice can begin to form at 4 degrees C and is often not noticed until it is too late, he said. It remains in shaded areas and on bridges long after the sun has come up and temperatures have risen. Data shows that drivers tend to drive too fast for road conditions in the fall and winter, with almost half of fatal and injury collisions caused by driving at an unsafe speed or speeding relative to road conditions, Cpl. Baylis said. He also reminded drivers that as of Sept. 20, if they are stopped by police for excessive speed (40 km/h or more above the posted limit), they will have their vehicle impounded for seven days and received a fine for excessive speed (starting at $368). He offered the following tips for safe winter driving:. Get winter maintenance completed on your vehicle. Install matching winter tires. Avoid using cruise control when road conditions are poor. Make sure there’s lots of room between you and the vehicle in front of you. Begin slowing down for a stop or turn earlier. Plan your trip by checking road and weather conditions, and inform someone of your planned arrival time. Give yourself extra time to arrive safely. Pack an emergency winter kit and keep it in your vehicle. Slow down.