Changing seasons call for a change of speed

Question: Are you considered to be speeding when you’re driving 50 in a posted 50 km/h zone?

The answer is a surprising “yes” — if you’re driving through fog, pouring rain or wet snow. That’s because speed limits posted on highway signs, indicate the maximum speed you should travel at based on ideal road, weather or traffic conditions. The reality is speeding can also refer to travelling too fast for those conditions.

Most collisions in fall and early winter are caused from driving too fast and following too close — which is the number one cause of casualty collisions in Alberta. As daylight hours get shorter, visibility is reduced with rain, sleet and snow, increasing the driving risk on the road.

We’ve got you covered with some safety tips:

  • Check weather reports prior to your trip
  • To see and be seen, keep lights and windows clean
  • Keep the washer fluid topped up at all times and make sure your wiper blades are soft and pliable
  • After leaving home or the office and before hitting the road, give your eyes time to adjust to the dark. It takes them between 2 and 5 minutes to start adjusting
  • Make sure your gas tank is full prior to highway trips, and carry an emergency kit
  • Wet or frozen leaves can be as slippery as ice. Drive slowly through them and avoid hard braking
  • Use low beam head lights in fog, rain or wet snow
  • Look at least 15 to 20 seconds ahead and slow down if your visibility is reduced
  • Avoid glare from oncoming vehicles. Don’t look directly at lights of oncoming vehicles, instead look slightly to the right at a right lane or edge marking
  • Never use cruise control on wet or slippery roads as you could hydroplane and your tires can lose contact with the pavement
  • Watch out for wildlife. Deer are most active during sunset and sunrise, so be extra observant when driving in rural areas and near deer crossing signs

Fleet Winter Driving course – Buy one, get one at $50 off

For every driver booked into the Fleet Winter Driving course, book a second driver at a savings of $50 – that’s over 20% off. Book in groups of 2 drivers and save $50 a pair.

Note: this offer is based on 2 students per 1 instructor ratio.

I am a Fleet Safety Operations Manager with 30 years of experience teaching traffic safety across five provinces, and in four countries. Outside of work, I am an avid traveller, a fervent Flames fan, and a Mustang enthusiast.