Helpful hints for winter driving and parking at Georgian
January 24, 2014

Winter driving and parking

Parking during the winter months at Georgian College can be a challenge. Here are some helpful and practical tips put together by Physical Resources:

  • Do not park in unauthorized parking areas, e.g. roadways, sidewalks, fire routes, accessible and meter spaces. You’ll be ticketed and/or towed at your own expense.
  • Pay attention to – and abide by – signs advising of parking restrictions.
  • Do not double or triple park – exercise common sense when choosing a spot. You’ll be towed at your own expense if you block another vehicle.
  • Do not block or park on driving lanes within the parking lots. Leave lanes open for other drivers to navigate their way around.
  • In the event that snow may cover up parking lines, continue to park closely to the next car so as not to take up more space than necessary.
  • Do not expect to find close parking. Be prepared to walk from the furthest lot. Dress accordingly, wear the appropriate footwear and allow for extra time.
  • Try Lots 6 and/or 9 if you’re at the Barrie Campus. Parking is always available there.
  • Remember that you park at your own risk. If you bury your vehicle, get stuck, the battery dies or you need a tow, you’ll have to call a towing company to assist you at your own expense.
  • Drive with caution as you navigate through your campus. Snow banks reduce visibility and snowy or ice-covered roads can make stopping or braking tricky. Watch for snow plows, heavy equipment, pedestrians and other vehicles at all times.
  • Do not attempt to overtake or drive around heavy snow equipment in use. Be patient and drive slowly.
  • It’s imperative that parking lots are left vacant overnight. This allows snow removal crews to do a better and more efficient job of snow plowing.
  • Please note that all cars left on college property overnight, without prior approval, will be ticketed and/or towed. If you have to leave your car overnight, please contact Security at ext. 5100 or 705.722.5100 and they will advise whether or not you may leave your vehicle on-campus and, if so, where. You’ll need to provide your make, model, licence and phone number.

Safe winter walking

No matter how much snow and ice is removed from college roadways, parking lots and sidewalks, you’ll likely encounter slippery surfaces when walking outdoors during the winter. It’s important to always be aware of slip, trip and fall dangers and to walk safely on icy and slippery surfaces.

  • Wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice, such as rubber and neoprene composite. Avoid plastic and leather soles.
  • Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles. Use your vehicle for support.
  • Walk on designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and areas where snow and ice removal is not feasible can be hazardous.
  • Look ahead when you walk. A sidewalk that is completely covered with ice may require travelling along a grassy edge for traction.
  • Look and listen for snow clearing equipment, e.g. blue lights and back-up beepers.

Your safety is our priority!