Safe driving tips for snowy roads as Ottawa prepares for 15 cm of snow.

Ottawa Weather and Ottawa Accidents

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and our associates are  warning Ottawa residents- It’s happening again Ottawa ! We are expected to get close to 15 more centimeters of snow tonight which means tomorrow might be a messy drive into work, school or maybe you are just heading to Starbucks! Regardless of where you are going, the roads will likely have enough snow to slow things down and possibly cause accidents here in Ottawa and surrounding areas.  There are steps you can take to help make the roads a little safer.

-Make sure to completely clear your vehicle off. Do not leave snow on the roof that may fall down while en route.

-If you can put your vehicle in 4 wheel drive, do so if you are finding the roads slippery.

-Slow down and leave yourself lots of room to stop. The rule of thumb is at least three car lengths.

-Always apply the brakes gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels seize, ease up on the brake.

-Ensure your lights are on. This will not only give you better vision, it allows others to see you as well .

-Make sure you have plenty of windshield fluid and your windshield is clean.

-Avoid using cruise control when roads are slippery.

-Avoid passing other vehicles if possible.

If your vehicle gets stuck in the snow or ice,

-Do not apply gas and spin the wheels. This will create an even bigger whole for your wheels to sink into.

-Gently turn your wheels from side to side several  times. This will push snow away and give you a better chance at getting out.

-If it is safe to get out, use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the under the car if possible.

-Try putting down something that will give your vehicle traction such as a blanket,  sand, kitty litter, paper, gravel or coarse salt.

I wish you all safe driving tomorrow.  Enjoy the snow..I promise, it won’t be much longer !