Winter Road Safety
WINTER PARKING REGULATIONS are in effect December 15 - March 31
Please ensure your vehicle is off the street between the hours of 1:00 am and 6:00 am, as well as during a snowfall and within two hours from the time snow stops falling. Police will ticket and tow any vehicle obstructing snow removal efforts, leaving motorists with a fine and towing costs.
Citizens are asked to assist snowclearing efforts by not placing snow from your driveways onto sidewalks or streets. Obstructing streets and sidewalks with snow is prohibied under CBRM By-laws and the Nova Scotia Highways Act and can result in a $100 fine. If you hire a contractor to clear snow from your property, find out where they intend to pile the snow.
Winter travel often brings challenging road conditions; drive for the weather:
- Check weather and road conditions before driving (call 5-1-1 or visit the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website).
- Clear snow and ice from your vehicle, including windows, wiper blades, lights, license plates and the roof.
- Adjust your driving to the conditions: slow down, give yourself extra distance to stop and allow for extra travel time.
- If possible, avoid driving during the height of any storm weather and wait until plows have completed snow removal.
To make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for winter:
- Consider installing winter tires for better traction, control and stability in slippery and snowy conditions.
- Check tire pressure at least once a month, especially after your vehicle has been parked outside overnight; tire pressure decreases as the temperature drops.
- Inspect your wiper blades, replace those that are worn or cracked and make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid.
- Dress properly for the weather conditions.
- Carry a winteremergency kit in your vehicle, including things such as a first aid kit, shovel, flashlight and fluorescent wand, energy bars, candles, blanket, booster cables and extra clothing.
- Carry a cell phone for emergency purposes, but respect local laws on usage while driving.