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The Town of High Level would like to help local drivers with some tips and reminders regarding safe winter driving during this winter season.
Every winter, Town crews are busy with snow clearing on local roads and sanding problem areas around town. While sand can lose some effectiveness during extreme cold, the Town’s five-person snow removal crew are hard at work clearing and sanding every day. Sanding usually takes place once per day either in the mornings or in the afternoons.
With a crew of five people responsible for all the road clearing and sanding efforts in town, it can take some time to get to all the problem areas. We are urging drivers to be cautious and drive to conditions, and asking for some patience while we to get to the problem areas.
The Provincial Government provides many helpful tips on safe winter driving, which can be found on their website: www.alberta.ca/safer-winter-highways.aspx. For convenience, we are including them here.
It is important to winterize your vehicle! This can include examinations of the following:
Try to maintain at least a half-tank of fuel. Carry a spare jug of windshield wiper fluid in the car. Get an oil change if you have not had one recently! And be sure to pack some drinking water in your vehicle for emergencies as well. A well-stocked emergency kit is vital for winter-safe driving.
An emergency kit should include the following:
It is especially important to have winter tires, and to make sure those tires are properly inflated, and in good working condition.
Winter or snow tires are specially designed for low temperatures and snowy and icy conditions experienced in Alberta. They provide better traction than regular or all-season tires. All tire rubber stiffens as the weather gets colder, but the latest generations of winter tires maintain their elasticity even at extremely low temperatures approaching -30°C and below, providing superior traction and grip.
Windows should be cleared and wipers should be checked to ensure they are in good working order.
Before you hit the road, clean snow and ice off your:
Buckle up and adjust headrests (the centre of your headrest should be even with the top of your ears)
Always drive to conditions! That means leaving plenty of room between yourself and other cars. Allow yourself up to three car lengths of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, it is the law, and you can get a ticket if you do not drive to conditions!
Practice safe driving techniques:
When changing lanes:
When driving on slick roads:
Know your braking system and how it reacts on ice:
Finally, if you encounter a working snowplow or sander truck on the road, consider taking a different route if you can!