Gray, Bruce and Huron County Transportation Services have partnered with the Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Provincial Police to remind the public of winter road safety. All road users must travel safely, share the road and respect others.

Stay informed on winter road conditions!

Winter road safety:

  • Don’t text and don’t drive! Distracted driving is a serious safety issue that has cost lives. Each driver is responsible for focusing on the road, the traffic and the driving conditions. Stop to communicate and don’t put yourself or others at risk. Texting and driving is illegal.
  • Deciding to move on is a serious decision. Use your turn signals, be aware of conditions and obstacles, and look for vehicles approaching and vehicles passing behind. The lines of the roadway are only a guide and can be covered with snow. When there is ice and snow, take it easy.
  • Do not walk towards deer or other animals. Brake firmly but stay in your lane. Collisions occur when a driver swerves and loses control. Be vigilant, be prepared for the unexpected, and slow down in areas marked with animal activity signs.
  • Avoid collisions by removing all snow and ice from your roof and windows, make sure windshield wipers are working, turn on taillights, reduce speed, leave extra space, avoid braking and stopping. sudden accelerations. Slippery conditions require caution. See and be seen!
  • When there is ice and snow, be patient and take it slow. Snowplow equipment moves at a speed of 25-60 km / h to keep the roads safe. Passing a snow plow is never encouraged. If you overtake, make sure you have sufficient distance, road conditions and room to return.
  • Protect emergency service personnel responding to a roadside incident. Slow down and proceed with caution when an emergency vehicle or tow truck is on the side of the road and the lights are on. Obey the law, move and stay safe! Violators can get fines or demerit points.
  • Prepare for rapidly changing conditions by having working winter tires, wipers and washer fluid. Store your vehicle emergency kit with a shovel, blanket, booster cables, flashlight and more. Check the road conditions and allow yourself extra travel time.
  • Police are closing the roads for security reasons. Do not drive on closed roads. In a whiteout, do not stop on the road. Find a driveway or parking lot to park. Vehicles parked or abandoned on the roads can be towed and fined. For winter road conditions, call 1-866-266-7569
  • Slow horse-drawn vehicles are common in our region. When going from behind or in the opposite direction, slow down and create as much distance as possible. Do not use your horn and do not pass too close. This can frighten the horse dangerously. Expect the unexpected!
  • Whether or not to drive in winter is a big decision. Ask yourself if you really need to travel, is it safe and worth it? It’s good to stay where you are. Abandoned vehicles could be towed and fined. For road conditions, call 1-866-266-7569.



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