Spring may be around the corner, but winter has another wallop planned for parts of Saskatchewan this weekend. Environment Canada has issued snowfall and blizzard warnings for Southern Saskatchewan, while other areas may also experience snow and blustery conditions.
Road conditions and visibility may quickly deteriorate and Saskatchewan RCMP asks drivers to plan ahead. If you are travelling, please check road conditions/closures along your planned route on the Highway Hotline at https://hotline.gov.sk.ca/. If the conditions look poor, postpone non-essential travel.
If you determine it’s safe to head out, please consider the following winter driving tips:
- Scrape all the ice off your windows before driving – if you can't see, you can't drive safely!
- Remove all snow from your vehicle, including from your headlights, taillights and roof.
- Slow down on slippery or snowy roads.
- Be gentle and smooth when you accelerate, brake or steer.
- Using cruise control on icy or snowy roads can be dangerous! If you skid, your vehicle will accelerate and rapidly spin its wheels as it tries to maintain a constant speed.
- Be prepared for anything: consider stocking your vehicle with extra warm clothes, candles, matches, non-perishable snacks, a snow shovel, traction mats, booster cables and a tow rope or chain.
- If you become stranded on the highway, do not leave your vehicle! Turn on your vehicle periodically to warm up, but try to conserve fuel. Make sure your tailpipe remains clear of ice and snow, or carbon monoxide could potentially seep into your vehicle.