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Cold, ice fog complicate driving

The RCMP are reminding the public to be extra-vigilant on the roads during the extreme cold wave.

By Whitehorse Star on January 17, 2020

The RCMP are reminding the public to be extra-vigilant on the roads during the extreme cold wave.

“This time of the year, road conditions can be very challenging for all road users,” police said Wednesday.

“We are experiencing heavy ice fog, which, combined with low light conditions, snow and vehicle exhaust, creates poor visibility for motorists and pedestrians.”

Everyone has an equal role to play in ensuring public safety on our roadways, police added.

They’re urging drivers to slow down and drive according to current road conditions, and for pedestrians to make themselves more visible by wearing bright colours or reflective materials.

Here are more police tips for improving pedestrian safety:

• Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Do not assume a driver has seen you;

• Always use a crosswalk;

• Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk so you are further away from traffic. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles;

• Make sure you can hear and see oncoming cars. Remove your headphones and your hood when crossing the street; and

• Always look for signs that a vehicle is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning, etc.)

Drivers can improve road safety by applying these practices:

• Vehicles should have their lights on to increase visibility, regardless of the time of day;

• When approaching an intersection, always scan right and left for pedestrians before continuing through;

• When operating a vehicle, be cautious of pedestrians who may be distracted or unaware of their surroundings (texting, on the phone, headphones covering ears, hoods blocking their vision);

• Ensure windshields are completely cleared of snow and frost;

• Obey the speed limit and drive for the conditions; and

• Give yourself extra time to get to your destination, and stay alert while driving.

Comments (5)

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Atom on Jan 21, 2020 at 9:19 am

If you don't drive the speed limit, drive accordingly ie; let folks drive past you..safely.
And stuff the idle Left hand turns! Think about it, there are lots of ways to go where you want to go without holding everybody up with your lack of thinking.
Stop pulling out in front of people, I go the speed limit and try to drive defensively but it's scary at the peaks...folks are ignorant and impatient and downright idiotic in their need to get somewhere.
Lastly, at least identify there are others on the road...I mentioned idiots above.

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Resident on Jan 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm

Drivers tailgate aggressively when you're going 5 over on a slippery road in ice fog. The entitlement in this town could be an entire doctoral thesis on its own.

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stephen on Jan 20, 2020 at 9:49 am

Oh if you are driving the speed limit or below stay in the lane closest to the sidewalk unless you are making a left hand turn. Use your common sense when driving. For those of you driving below the speed limit remember you don't own the road and do what ever the hell you want to obstruct traffic.

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Miles Epanhauser on Jan 17, 2020 at 6:52 pm

And please be patient with other drivers.

I get concerned when people flash their lights and follow too closely and drive aggressivly when I drive at or just below the speed limit. In the most recent example there was a long lineup of vehicles ahead so if I went faster it made no difference in saving time.

If drivers cannot handle basic safety and unwritten respectable driving ethics they should not be on the road. If people drive impaired they should be taken off the road.
Safety and respect first and save the aggression.

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Groucho d'North on Jan 17, 2020 at 3:14 pm

And for Gawd's sake clean all the snow off your vehicle before you drive it and pay close attention to ensure the tail lights and headlights are clean and functioning too.

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