With a storm expected to hit southern Manitoba tonight and last for days, the Manitoba RCMP is urging drivers to continuously monitor road conditions and to stay off closed roads and highways.
“We are anticipating the closure of highways and roads throughout southern Manitoba due to the oncoming winter storm. Drivers are urged to get to their destinations today, to stay home and to only travel if absolutely necessary,” said Corporal Julie Courchaine, spokesperson for the Manitoba RCMP. “Our officers across southern Manitoba are getting prepared for the storm but even with snowmobiles and other tracked vehicles at the ready, officers may still not be able to reach stranded motorists.”
If travel is necessary, here are some winter driving safety reminders:
· Check road conditions BEFORE heading out. An updated list of road conditions can be found at: https://www.manitoba511.ca/en/
· Advise someone of your travel and what road/highway you will be taking and what time you expect to arrive.
· Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.
· Carry a winter safety kit with a flashlight, emergency food and water, candles, blankets, booster cables, tow straps and a shovel.
· If stranded in a snowbank, ensure your vehicle’s exhaust is clear and free of snow.
· Slow down, use caution and drive to conditions.
· Increase your distance between other vehicles as stopping distance is double on an icy road.
· DO NOT drive on closed roads or highways.
Being aware and prepared will keep you and others safe on our roads.