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Police are reminding motorists to be ‘Winter Ready’

With the first snowfall in our area this past weekend, police are making sure drivers are ready for winter driving.  West Parry Sound OPP says getting a head start by adjusting your driving habits and “winterizing” your vehicle for the harsh winter weather ahead can go a long way in reducing collisions.  Community Services Officer Constable Miles Loach gives some tips.

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Constable Loach says to also respect snow plows on the road.

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Here are a few suggestions for the OPP to help motorists get prepared for winter.

  • Drive according to weather conditions, Snow means slow, If the weather conditions are severe – consider staying at home;
  • Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you;
  • Driving with your full lighting system on so that you are seen in both directions;
  • Plan on extra time for winter travel;
  • Ensure you are ready for winter by having snow tires as these provide better traction, braking and handling during frost, snow, slush and particularly under icy conditions;
  • Top up your windshield washer reservoir and keep an extra one handy;
  • Keep a fully stocked emergency kit in your vehicle just in case. Gas line antifreeze, blankets, flashlight, candles, a small shovel and a first aid kit – just to name a few items;
  • Avoid using overdrive or cruise control on slippery roads;
  • Be patient. Snowplows, Sanders and Salters may be clearing the roads;
  • Have a cell phone with you in case you break down or get stuck;
  • SLOW DOWN and WEAR your seatbelt

If you are traveling, check the Ministry of Transportation website or call 511 prior to heading out.  Please do not call 9-1-1 or the OPP for road reports

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