The OPP is reminding motorists to prepare themselves and their vehicles for safe winter driving as we head into the winter months.
- Defensive, responsible driving is crucial to reducing fatalities and serious injuries on our roads, especially during the winter months.
- Make sure that your vehicle has proper winter tires; when compared to regular or all-season tires, tests have proven that snow tires provide better traction, control and reduced stopping distances on snow covered or icy roads.
- Leave extra space – stopping distances are more than double on snow or ice covered roads
- Know where you are if you require help in an emergency; if you do not know your location, it delays the arrival of emergency responders.
- Make your vehicle more visible in poor weather conditions by keeping your full lighting system on at all times.
- Plan ahead - check and monitor current road conditions before heading out and allow extra time for traveling when weather and road conditions warrant it.
- Check the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) website for road conditions prior to heading out; do not call 9-1-1 or the OPP to obtain road reports.
- Stay alert, focus on the road and avoid sudden braking, accelerating or steering.
- Always keep an ice scraper in the vehicle to keep windows, signals and lights clear.
- Make sure your wiper blades are in good working order, keep the windshield wiper fluid topped up and keep an extra container of fluid in your vehicle.
- Keep the gas tank at least half-full so that you do not run out of gas if you become stranded and to prevent condensation from forming in the gas tank.
- Keep a fully-stocked emergency kit in the vehicle.
- Slow down and adjust your driving to the current road and weather conditions.
Call 519-941-2816 for County Road Closures and Call 511 to Provincial Highway road conditions