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Charity Check Stop has gone virtual!

Okotoks Municipal Enforcement will be hosting a virtual Charity Check Stop event again this December. The event offers support to the Rowan House Society and the Okotoks Food Bank who provide vital service to those less fortunate in our community.

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As the Town of Okotoks continues to grow, traffic safety remains a high priority for both motorists and pedestrians traveling along streets throughout the community. It doesn’t matter if you walk, ride a bicycle, or drive, traffic safety affects you and your family every day. You are encouraged to use the following tips to ensure your safety as well as that of others.

Okotoks Municipal Enforcement will be hosting a virtual Charity Checkstop event again this December. The event offers support to the Rowan House Society and the Okotoks Food Bank who provide vital service to those less fortunate in our community.

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The best advice for driving during or after a snow event, is to not drive at all, if you can avoid it. Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions. Make sure that you clean ALL the snow and ice off your car. This includes the windshield, back window, headlights, and taillights!

Driving Safely on Icy Roads

  • Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  • Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  • Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  • Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  • Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  • Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
  • Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

If your rear wheels skid...

  • Take your foot off the accelerator.
  • Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.
  • If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
  • If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
  • If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.
  • If your front wheels skid…
  • Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately.
  • As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.

If you get stuck…

  • Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
  • Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
  • Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
  • Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
  • Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
  • Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner’s manual first — it can damage the transmission on some vehicles). Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.

picture of winter driving conditions

 

Have you noticed the maintenance route signs around Town on Priority 1 (arterial and downtown roads) and Priority 2 (collector roads)?  ​A parking ban is a temporary parking restriction on roads designated as maintenance routes. Parking bans allow crews to work on the roadways more efficiently when they don’t have to operate around parked cars.  When maintenance is necessary, the Town will declare a parking ban along the impacted roadways and will try to provide 48 hours notice. The Town of Okotoks uses a variety of channels to let you know when a maintenance route parking ban is coming into effect, is in effect and when it’s lifted. Visit Okotoks.ca for updates, follow @TownofOkotoks on Facebook and Twitter and listen to the Eagle 100.9 radio station.

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