Winter driving precautions

Jocelyn Turner
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AMHERST – The aftermath of Thursday night’s heavy snow fall left many drivers travelling the highway, risking going off the road and into the ditch.

With another storm on the horizon, beginning just after midnight Saturday night, early Sunday morning, RCMP Const. Brown said he hopes drivers are extra cautions if they have to venture out into the snow.

“Don’t be on the roads unless you have to be,” said Brown. “If you don’t have to be out there, then there’s no reason to be. There’s been a number of vehicles off the road today (Friday) and as the weather gets worse, the more vehicles we have off the road.”

Brown said even with the large number of vehicles going off the road, there were no serious injuries and no severe vehicle damage.

One area where motorists tend to have the most travelling trouble, said Brown, is the Cobequid Pass.

“The weather is always just a little bit worse up there,” he said. “As far as in this area, it’s between Amherst and Springhill which seems to be a little bit tricky.”

Brown said the RCMP saw many cars off the road after this week’s storm.

“We had about 10 vehicles off the road, maybe more,” he said. “The 104 highway has been extremely slippery. The salt trucks have been out and it seems to be getting a little bit better but before the (salt) trucks were out, there were a number of vehicles off the road.”

Brown said even the vehicles who were driving slower were finding themselves serving off the road and landing in the ditch.

“It’s because of the conditions,” he said. “It’s very, very slick.”

Anyone who finds themselves having to travel in extreme weather conditions are reminded to make sure cell phones are charged and ready for any emergencies, adjust your speed to driving conditions and make sure to have prepared an emergency kit and have it in your vehicle.  

“Drive with care,” Brown added.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: AMHERST

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