Winter Safety Tips
Safe Winter Driving Other Winter Tips
• Avoid driving during a winter storm event unless • Do not plow or shovel snow from your driveway
absolutely necessary. It is safer to remain at home onto the street or sidewalk. This makes snow
until weather and road conditions improve. plowing and removal operations difficult. You
• During a storm, roads are cleared based on could also receive a fine of up to $500.
the Priority service structure. Main arteries and • Wear bright clothes when shoveling at the end
emergency routes will be cleared first, with bus your driveway to increase your visibility to plow
routes and feeder routes second. operators and motorists.
• Beware of ice on roads, bridges, overpasses and in • Do not park on the sidewalk. City crews won’t be
shaded areas. able to clear the sidewalk and your vehicle could
• Adjust your speed for be towed.
the driving conditions • Watch where you park.
and provide additional Locations of prohibited
travel time when road parking are indicated in the
conditions are not ideal. Winter Management Plan,
• Follow other vehicles at the City’s Traffic By-Law, and
a safe distance. It takes the Provincial Motor Vehicle
much longer to stop on Act.
snow and ice than on • Assist someone in your
dry pavement. community that you know
• Never pass a snow plow needs help by clearing their
when it is clearing snow driveway and walks.
from the road. • Assist your community by
helping to clear the sidewalk
Winter Vehicle Tips in front of your property
for pedestrians, particularly
• Have a winter survival if you are in an area where
kit in your vehicle. Keep the City is unable to provide
food, water, blankets, candles, a traction aid and a sidewalk plowing.
shovel, as well as spare gloves or mittens and a hat. • If you notice a manhole or drain clogged with
• Keep your gas tank at least half full. debris or ice, report it to Municipal Operations
• Start your block heater several hours before at 658-4455. The City inspects all storm system
driving. manholes regularly, but this could mean the
• Start your car at least one minute before driving it difference between a dry street and an icy one.
and drive slowly while engine components warm • Keep the snow banks low at the end of your
up. driveway to prevent the plow from pushing the
• Completely clear your vehicle of snow and ice, snow into the driveway on its next pass.
including the windows, mirrors, roof, trunk, hood
• Prepare your car for winter driving. Check the For more information, visit
battery condition and terminals, windshield wipers saintjohn.ca/snowplan
and washer fluid levels, coolant system levels, lights
and signals and tire wear and pressure. Consider
using snow tires for extra traction in slippery