Most Manitobans are familiar with the hazards that accompany winter driving. We know to slow down on icy roads, make the change to winter tires and keep our gas tanks full, but it’s easy to forget that extra precautions need to be taken when travelling on the highway.
- Make sure to check road conditions before leaving for your trip. Highways are often closed when the weather gets worse from snow and ice, and you may have to plan an alternate route in order to get to your destination safely. You can check highway conditions on the Manitoba 511 website.
- Take the time to pack your vehicle with essential supplies like a small shovel, booster cables, flashlight, first aid kit, blanket and other materials to help keep you warm. In the event you get stuck waiting for assistance on the highway, you’re prepared to stay warm.
- If you get stuck or stranded, stay with your vehicle, use your essential supplies to stay safe and call for help.
For more tips on how to stay safe on your highway travels this winter, see the Canadian Red Cross.