Winter Snow Clearing: Stay Safe & Enaged

This is the fourth and final post sharing important information about what we should expect from the Province after snowfall or winter storms.

Did you know there are more than 400 snow plows and other snow-clearing vehicles working to keep Nova Scotia‚Äôs roads, highways, and bridges safe during the winter months? The Province’s crews are on the job keeping the roads as safe and clear as possible. When we’re expecting a storm, work begins before the storm and continues during and after the storm. These standards apply to provincial roads and highways. For the best information about municipal standards contact the municipality.

Winter weather conditions can change rapidly. It is always best to stay safe at home until the weather has passed and road conditions have improved. In case of emergency always call 911.

There are several ways to stay safe if you have to go out and it’s important to stay engaged, if there are issues with road conditions or snow clearing you should report those issues so action can be taken to improve or resolve issues.

During the winter months it is especially important to have an emergency car kit in your vehicle that includes at least: a blanket, matches/lighter, a non-perishable food pack (chocolate, nuts, or dried fruit), plastic garbage bag to serve as a vapour barrier over clothing, a flashlight and batteries, extra socks, and emergency shovel, a flash flag to attach to the aerial of the car so you can be seen.

When driving in winter conditions watch for black ice when temperatures are just under or just above freezing, adjust your speed and driving style to conditions, follow other vehicles at a safe distance, avoid passing unless safe, do not pass snow plows while they’re clearing snow, do not use cruise control, and avoid parking at the roadside.

You can do your part to help keep roads clear and safe by following winter parking bans. From December 15 to March 31, parking on provincially-owned roads, in the areas listed here, is prohibited during any of the following situations:

  • Between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • In a manner that hinders, inconveniences or prevents the removal of snow or ice from a highway, unless the vehicle is attended by a person authorized to operate and capable of operating it on a highway
  • From 1 hour after a snowstorm starts to 2 hours after the snowstorm stops.

Note: some municipalities have their own winter parking regulations for municipally-owned streets. Check with your local municipality for more information.

If you have issues or concerns about winter operations you can always contact my office here. In addition, you can contact the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Operations Contact Centre, 24/7, at 1-844-696-7737 or by email at: .

The information contained in this post was accurate at the time of publication. For the most up-to-date, accurate information please visit Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal’s winter operations website.

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