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.
Constable Loach says to also respect snow plows on the road.
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 www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditionsp or call 511 prior to heading out. Please do not call 9-1-1 or the OPP for road reports