Winter Driving Safety

P4 Residential snow removal

Plans are currently underway for a P4 Residential snow clearing to begin in Sherwood Park on Tuesday, Feb. 27. We have not met the criteria of 7 cm of compacted snow, but as we approach March, warmer daytime temperatures could quickly melt the snow pack and cause drivability and drainage issues.

Once we have a final plan and schedule, we will share that information on the website and through social media. Watch for orange signs in your neighbourhood with snow clearing dates when parking will be restricted.

In the meantime, County crews continue to focus on addressing icy situations in rural and urban Strathcona County. We’re sanding collector roads/snow routes and blading and applying sand and rock chips to residential roads.

While Strathcona County works hard to maintain safe road conditions for residents all year round, winter driving can be challenging.

Image of cars driving at night during the winter with their headlights on

Stay safe this winter

Weather and road conditions can change very quickly in winter. Follow these safety precautions to keep our roads and yourself safe this winter.

  • Slow down. Speed limits posted on the highways and on municipal roads are for ideal driving conditions, which are considered to be sunny summer days.
  • Look ahead. Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Remember to look far ahead as you drive so you can recognize hazards and have plenty of time to respond.
  • See and be seen. Turning your headlights on helps with visibility during the dark winter months and during inclement weather. It also helps other drivers see you. Click here to learn more about proper vehicle lighting.
  • Get ready. Prepare your vehicle for the tough winter months. Check and make sure that your battery, ignition system, lights, brakes, heating and cooling system and windshield wipers are all in working order.
  • Watch the weather. Check the weather before you leave your home. If conditions are bad the safest strategy is to avoid driving. If you must travel give yourself extra time and drive to the conditions.
  • Prepare yourself and your vehicle. Always be prepared for winter driving. Wear warm clothes, have a fully charged cell phone with you and equip your vehicle with a winter survival kit. 
  • Maintain visibility. Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors and the roof to help other drivers see you on the road and to assist with your own visibility while driving. After starting your vehicle, wait for the fog to clear from the interior windows before driving so you will have full visibility.

Do winter tires make a difference?

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation has recently released a report which shows that winter tires are very important to keep you safe on winter roads.

Further information:

Transportation Planning and Engineering

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Last updated: Friday, January 26, 2018
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