As North Americans, we are familiar with winter weather conditions so much so that we sometimes believe we can test our luck going out in poor conditions. However, winter weather is unpredictable; what may seem like a small snow squall could lead to severe injuries or casualties if you decide to operate your vehicle.
In the United States, 17% of all vehicle collisions occur during winter conditions, including upwards of 150,000 collisions that happen annually due to icy roads. In 2019, 7,379 vehicular collisions in Canada were caused by snow weather conditions. We cannot avoid winter driving but evaluating our risk when choosing to drive in winter weather can make the difference between arriving alive and calling 911.
To prevent winter accidents and collisions, you can:
Overall, the safest strategy is to avoid driving in bad weather conditions; you make the choice to get behind the wheel, so think twice before driving on ice.
"Accidents are inevitable, but proper safety measures can help reduce the risk of accidents in winter weather. If you’re ever unsure about your safety, take a step back, consider the risk, and talk to your supervisor. Do the right thing, always.”
- Roger Davis, Director of Risk, Health, & Safety