OPP Offer Winter Safety Driving Tips
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
Defensive and responsible driving is essential to keep our roads and highways safe
and also to reduce serious injuries and fatalities.