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December 14, 2013: With the potential for a total of up to ten centimetres of snow accumulation in our area overnight before the day is over, as forecasted by Environment Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to offer some winter safety driving tips to prepare yourself for safe travel. Winter weather conditions can change quickly and taking extra precautions can increase your chances of arriving safely.

 

Some Safety Tips to Prepare Yourself For Safe Winter Driving

  • Stay alert, slow down and stay in control - the three key elements of safe winter driving.
  • A skid happens when your wheels lose traction on a slippery surface. Most skids result from driving too fast for road or traffic conditions. Once in a skid, steer in the direction of the skid. If you are on ice and skidding in a straight line, shift to neutral or step on the clutch pedal. To find out how to regain control of your vehicle in a skid, visit the Ministry of Transportation Driver's Handbook Online at www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/handbook
  • In winter driving conditions, it takes all vehicles longer to stop on snow-covered roads. It's important to leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead. A guide to safe spacing under normal conditions is the two-second rule. In winter, and especially during poor weather conditions, double the two-second rule. Further instruction on the two-second rule can be found by visiting the Ministry of Transportation website by logging on to http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/winterdrive/winterdrive.shtml
  • You should limit the use of cruise control on wet, snowy or icy pavement.
  • It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low-light conditions, and when blowing snow and white-outs affect visibility. Whenever visibility is poor, turn on the vehicle's full lighting system.
  • Check weather and road conditions before heading out and plan your trip accordingly. Check on road conditions by visiting the Ministry of Transportation website by logging on to www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions or by calling 1-800-268-4686.
  • Carry a winter survival kit in your vehicles with items such as a shovel, blanket and warm clothes, booster cables, a flashlight and food. For more information visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/winterdrive/winterdrive.shtml

Defensive and responsible driving is essential to keep our roads and highways safe and also to reduce serious injuries and fatalities.


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