The province is once again reminding motorists to be wary of snow-clearing equipment during blustery conditions so you don’t plow into a snowplow.
When the weather turns nasty, crews are sent out as needed, regardless of the time or day.
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation reminds motorists:
• To check the weather forecast and driving conditions before travelling, and to delay or cancel travel if it is not recommended;
• To consider turning back or finding a safe place to stop if conditions get worse while driving;
• That all maintenance equipment has flashing blue warning lights;
• To stay well back of all equipment;
• To always remain alert when following or approaching oncoming plows;
• Not to attempt to pass a plow in operation from behind at any time, and
• To slow down when passing approaching plows in operation.
Winter driving conditions can be a factor in arriving at a destination safely. The latest information on roads is available at mb511.ca or 511 (toll-free). Information on road closures and cautions is available by following the Twitter account at twitter.com/MBGovRoads.
Meanwhile, Manitoba’s Mounties have a few pointers for snowmobile enthusiasts heading to various parts of the province to enjoy some time on the trails.
Every year, RCMP members are called upon to assist in dealing with complaints concerning snowmobilers or to deal with the tragedy of accidents.
Here are some safety tips:
• Always check the weather conditions before you leave.
• Never ride alone.
• Let someone know your plans, where you are going, the route you plan to take and the time of your expected return.
• Always wear protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves and eye protection. Wear layers of clothing to keep warm and dry.
• When possible, avoid crossing bodies of water. If you are crossing bodies of water, never ride in single file and wear a life-jacket over your outer clothing.
• Ride at a reasonable rate of speed. Know your riding partner’s driving limitations, as well as your own, and operate only at a speed that allows you to remain in total control of your snowmobile.
• Ride sober. Drinking and operating a snowmobile do not mix. Don’t drink and drive and don’t tolerate others who do.
• Always be alert. You don’t always know what is coming at you; be ready to react to any situation you may encounter.
Remember: Keep it fun, practise safe riding and respect private property.