What do I need to know about driving in the winter?

Winter driving can be dangerous. Check driving conditions and be prepared.

In the winter, snow and ice can affect road conditions and it can be dangerous to drive. If you are driving, it is important for you to find out what the weather will be along your route.

Watch this video from HMC Connections to see how you can prepare for winter driving

*To see this video in other languages visit the Saftetydrivesus.org website

Check Driving Conditions

Highways are frequently closed in the winter due to poor visibility caused by blowing snow. Another danger for winter drivers is black ice, a thin coating of ice on the road that is very difficult to see.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation provides Winter Road Conditions Reports from the end of October to April each year. You can also check the weather forecast by listening to the radio, watching television, reading the newspaper or checking online.

Be Prepared

Many drivers put winter tires on their cars. These tires provide better performance in snowy and icy conditions and make winter driving safer.

You can assemble an Emergency Car Kit. It includes items like extra clothing, blanket, first aid kit, salt or sand, and more.

For More Information

  • GetPrepared.ca - This site can help you learn about the risks in your area and how to prepare for emergencies.
  • Ontario 511 - Is an Ontario Ministry of Transportation telephone service that provides the public with voice-activated, hands-free information on provincial highways
  • Risks in Ontario - You can find out what natural risks and other hazards are possible in Ontario.
  • Weather Conditions and Forecasts in Ontario - Choose the city where you want weather information.
  • Weather & Geography - Information about the weather in Ontario, and links to good sites where you can learn more about the geography of Ontario.
Last updated: August 11, 2021 4001237