With winter approaching, RCMP Traffic Services would like to take the time to remind the users of Alberta’s Highways, to prepare for upcoming winter driving. As the temperatures drop and weather deteriorates, poor road conditions are all but certain to happen within the coming weeks.
There are several ways to prepare for the season and now is the time to do so. Please check your vehicles tire condition and ensure that you have appropriate all season or winter tires rated for travelling in snow, ice and slush. Also, ensure your spare tire is in good condition and that your vehicle has up to date maintenance to prevent unwanted breakdowns on our roads. Furthermore, please ensure you have filled your windshield washer fluid reservoir with winter rated fluid to ensure your visibility is the best it can be during storms. Also, ensure that no matter the conditions, you take care to clean your headlights and tail lamps during the journey.
Another good idea is to have a winter travel kit. Some items to think about packing in your vehicle are: Water, blankets, a cell phone charger, a shovel, flashlights, window scrapers / brushes and booster cables. Alberta often has temperatures dropping well below zero which can cause extreme strain on your battery.
In addition to equipment and safety, always plan your route and let friends or family know your expected time of arrival. If you are not familiar with your route, plan ahead of time and have a map accessible. Consider locations to stop overnight at, should you encounter road closures or a vehicle breakdown, and always give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.
To check road conditions go to 511.alberta.ca to get up to date information on Alberta Highways, or call your local RCMP.