Did you know that you must adapt your driving during the winter season, not only for safety reasons but also from a legal point of view? Indeed, most of us automatically have the reflexes to stay safe on the road, but few know that not doing so could result in a fine. We have summarized what you should know about driving during winter in Quebec.
What does the Highway Safety Code say?
The Highway Safety Code requires drivers to adapt their driving to weather and road conditions specifically for winters in Quebec. Basically, this means lowering your speed during these following situations:
- When visibility is reduced. This includes twilight, fog, rain, etc. No matter what is preventing you from seeing where you are going, slow down!
- When the road is slippery or not entirely clear. Whether it is an accumulation of rainwater, ice or snow, or even debris strewn on the road, you must slow down!
What if a peace officer crosses your path while you are driving too fast?
You risk receiving a fine for unsuitable driving of $60 (+ fees), in addition to losing 2 demerit points. It’s worth it to slow down!
Other tips for driving safely during winter
- Beware of good weather! Even if the day is sunny and the road is clear, you should still be driving slower than in summer. 2 words: black ice!
- Take 2-3 minutes to properly de-ice and remove snow from your vehicle before entering. Not only will you be safer, but your driving will be more enjoyable as well!
- In addition to reducing your speed on the road, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- Make sure to turn on your sidelights and low beams (the “low” ones) when it is dark.
- Postpone your trip if the conditions are bad.
- Take the time to put together a winter kit. You will be proud of yourself in a few months when you will need it! This kit should contain at least: a snow brush, a scraper, a windshield washer, and a shovel. If you feel up to it, then add: a grip plate, a blanket, a candle with matches, water and energy bars. Also include a first aid kit, emergency phone numbers featured on your cell phone or written on a piece of paper stored in the glove compartment and signaling accessories. You will gladly thank yourself!
There you have it, all the main information you need to be a safe on the road during this winter season. On that note, have a great trip!
Pssst, to make sure your vehicle is safe for winter driving, visit the Docteur du Pare-Brise branch near you!