Snow Safety Tips

Posted On Monday January 06, 2020

This winter, the City of Cornwall asks that all residents and visitors abide by rules to ensure the safety of everyone.

Parking on the street or in municipal lots is prohibited overnight from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., regardless of weather forecast. This parking restriction remains in place until March 1.

The following safety tips will also ensure that staff removing snow and ice may do so safely. The greatest dangers they face are drivers following too closely and drivers trying to pass.

Snow Plow Safety Tips:

  • Keep a safe distance back from maintenance equipment when you see blue flashing lights. To do the job right, snowplows and salt trucks must travel slower than regular traffic.
  • Sight lines and visibility near a working snowplow are significantly reduced by blowing snow. At no time should a vehicle pass a snow plow on the right-hand side. This could result in a severe or even fatal collision.
  • When encountering a plow coming from the opposite direction, move as far away from the centreline of the pavement as you safely can.
  • Snowplow operators are extremely safety-conscious with motorists and pedestrian safety their top priority.
  • Remember that a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
  • Don't be a phantom driver (one who drives at dusk or at night with dashboard lights and daytime running lights on, but taillights off). Ensure your headlights are on at dusk, dawn, or during inclement weather.

Passing a snow plow is dangerous because...

  • the large blades on snow plows extend a metre or more ahead and to the right of the snow plow, often extending into the right-hand lane,
  • snow plows are wider at the front than they appear to be from the rear,
  • even at reduced plowing speeds, light powdery snow forms a cloud that severely restricts visibility, and
  • the road surface is always better behind the plow than in front of it.

If you have questions or concerns about snow clearing, please call Municipal Works at 613-932-5354.

For more information about winter parking restrictions, click here.

For more information about snow removal, click here.

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