Winter Driving Tips

Winter weather can be unpredictable but  extra caution can help you stay safe. This page offers some helpful tips to help you stay safe on the road. 

Driving near plows

Knowing how to drive alongside and around snowplows helps to keep everyone on the road safe:

  • Never pass a working snowplow – when you see their flashing blue lights, stay back and be patient.
  • Snowplows and winter maintenance equipment need time and room to clear the roads. Be patient and give them space.  Never pass a working snowplow – it is very dangerous for you and the plow driver. 
  • Sightlines and visibility can be significantly reduced by the blowing snow and the ridge of snow that the plow creates.  

Reminders for safe winter driving

Following these tips will help you maintain control of your vehicle on during the winter:

  • Plan extra time for travel and reduce speed in poor weather conditions.
  • The law requires motorists to clear snow and ice off their vehicle including the rooftop, hood and trunk.
  • Avoid any sudden maneuvers to help you stay in control of your vehicle at all times and increase the distance between you and other vehicles so you have more time to react and stop.
  • Winter tires can provide 30 to 40 percent shorter stopping distance compared to all-season tires.
  • Bridges freeze first – watch out for black ice.
  • Avoid using cruise control on wet, snowy or icy roads as it can reduce your reaction time and vehicle control.

Additional resources

For more tips on winter driving, please visit Ontario.ca/WinterDriving.

Download the free Ontario 511 mobile App today and get access to real-time highway conditions and traffic information. It is available for free on Google Play and the App Store for you to safely plan your route and receive alerts on frequently travelled routes.