Put your winter driving skills to the test
No matter where you live in Canada, driving in the winter can be challenging—and downright treacherous at times. But you can take steps to make the road safer for you, and for others, by keeping in mind a few simple, but important, principles.
This winter, Operation Lifesaver (OL) Canada is asking drivers to put their knowledge to the test before they hit the road.
Our short quiz
will help you recall the basics of staying safe on the road, especially near railway tracks. Your answers will determine whether you are a Winter Warrior, a Blizzard Buddy, a Middle-of-the Road Maven, a Frosty Risk-Taker, or the dreaded Reckless Roadster...
Don’t be a Reckless Roadster.
Take the quiz today. Regardless of how you score, following these winter rail-safety tips will keep you safe next time you’re in the driver’s seat:
- Use winter tires. They have treads designed to grip ice and snow, so you'll be less likely to slide on the road or into the side of a train. All-season tires can begin to lose their traction when the temperature drops below 7°C.
- Look for railway warning signals and signs. Snow may make train tracks look like a road. Keep an eye out for crossing signs and other indications that there are tracks ahead so you can prepare to stop.
- Reduce your speed. When road conditions are poor, it takes longer to stop. Always slow down well in advance of a railway crossing. The more time you have to react, the better chance you have of avoiding a collision.
- Avoid distractions. Reduced visibility and sounds from a storm can make it more difficult to determine if a train is coming. When approaching tracks, turn off the radio and heating fans so you can listen for a train. Roll down the window—especially if it’s frosty or foggy—and look both ways before crossing tracks.
- Don’t drive impaired. Alcohol and drugs including cannabis decrease your ability to pay attention, react quickly and make safe driving choices.
- Plan ahead. Check the weather forecast before travelling—not only for your current location, but also for your final destination. If conditions deteriorate while you're on the road, stop at the nearest town or rest area and wait until it's safe to drive.
Accidents at railway crossings can be deadly—but almost all can be prevented. Ensure you know how to be a rail-safe driver this winter and share these tips with your friends and loved ones. Because no one wants to be a Reckless Roadster!