Snowy weather is just around the corner so OPP have released a number of tips to help drivers stay safe on winter roads.
The main three elements of safe winter driving are to stay alert, slow down and stay in control.
Drivers should always reduce speed when bad weather hits, leave more time to get to where you’re going and always leave more space between you and the car in front, to improve the chances of stopping suddenly without a collision.
OPP also say you should clean snow and frost off all of your windows, mirrors and lights to ensure you can see and be seen.
Drivers are also encouraged to install four winter tires and new wiper blades, have lots of windshield wiper fluid and put a winter safety kit in your car.
Here’s a list of what to include in your winter safety kit:
- A charged cell phone in case of an emergency
- An ice scraper, snow brush, a small shovel, sand, salt or other traction aid
- Booster cables, road flares, fuel line anti-freeze, and tow rope
- Extra clothing and footwear, a blanket, high energy non-perishable food, matches and a candle
- Flashlight, small tool kit, first aid kit
You can also check on road conditions before you leave by calling the Ministry of Transportation’s Traveller Information Services line at 5-1-1 on the phone or online with accessible information on the MTO Ontario 511 website.