LHSC’s Injury Prevention Team hands out ice scrapers and winter driving tips
January 6, 2013
As staff and patients arrived at Victoria Hospital after digging out from an estimated 15 centimeters of snow, London Health Sciences Centre’s Injury Prevention Team greeted them with ice scrapers and winter driving safety tips.
The initiative was part of the London Middlesex Road Safety Committee's winter driving safety campaign. The London Middlesex Road Safety Committee includes the Middlesex-London Health Unit, LHSC’s Trauma Program, Ministry of Transportation, City of London, County of Middlesex, London Police Services, OPP, Fanshawe College, and Western University’s Police Services. All work collaboratively to decrease traffic related fatalities and injuries in London and Middlesex.
“It is obvious, but visibility is extremely important to safe driving during winter,” says Jane Harrington, Injury Prevention Specialist, LHSC. She also offered the following safe driving tips for winter:
- Clear all snow and ice completely off windows, side view mirrors, headlights, taillights and license plates.
- Keep your windows and mirrors clean. Use the defroster and windshield wipers to maximize your vision.
- Slow Down - The posted speed limit is intended for ideal road conditions- in poor conditions, reduce your speed.
- Keep your headlights on all the time - don’t rely on daytime running lights.
- Signal well in advance of turning to give other motorists time to react to your actions. Check your rearview and side mirrors, and always check the blind spots before changing lanes.
- Allow yourself extra time for travel, or wait until conditions improve.
More safe winter driving tips can be found on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website:
From left, Brandon Batey and Lisa Wolfs, members of London Health Sciences Centre’s Injury Prevention Team, hand out ice scrapers to staff and patients as they arrive at Victoria Hospital