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Police release winter tips to ensure safe commuting

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COTTAGE COUNTRY, ON – Winter weather isn’t just hazardous for drivers as police are reminding pedestrians to adjust their mindset while commuting during the season as well.

According to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), those travelling on foot should be mindful that motorists need a lot more time to stop in snowy and icy conditions. Police also reminded pedestrians that blowing snow can drastically reduce drivers’ visibility, so they need to be extra cautious when crossing streets and make sure to look both ways. The release added that winter clothing, such as hoods and toques, can hinder the ability to hear oncoming traffic.

Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Joseph Evans said drivers also share a responsibility to ensure the public’s safety during winter.

“Please allow yourself extra driving time and remember your winter driving skills to reach to your destination safely and to avoid a winter travelling tragedy,” Evans said.

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A separate release from Huntsville OPP had more tips for drivers to stay safe during the winter months. According to police, dressing warm, always carrying a cellphone and making sure a survival kit is in the vehicle should be top priorities.

The OPP suggested a shovel, blanket, booster cables, flashlight, high energy foods, matches and a candle be packed somewhere in the vehicle. Officers added that drivers should make sure the heater and defroster are working properly, check all lights including hazards to make sure they are working.

Other tips included filling up windshield washer fluid, and keeping fuel tanks at least half full.

Police reminded motorists to clear all the snow and frost off their windows and headlights before heading out. Anyone looking for more information, winter driving tips and road conditions can check out the Ontario 511 website.

The OPP advised people to stay home if they can if the weather is bad and to adjust driving for those who have to commute. Anyone driving in the snow should keep enough distance between them and the car ahead so that they have enough time to stop abruptly without a collision.

Anyone who experiences trouble during a winter storm is advised to park the vehicle well off roadways and stay put until help has arrived.

Safe roads tips from OPP. November 14, 2019. (Submitting by OPP)

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