Drive safe this winter, OPP says: here’s some tips, videos

Ontario Provincial Police press release

PETERBOROUGH – Winter driving conditions have without a doubt arrived in back in parts of our area and motorists are urged to always be prepared for winter driving.

Many locations in the throughout Peterborough County have already experienced an overnight accumulation of snow that has made early morning driving a challenge for some drivers. Motorists should also keep in mind those open areas that are traditionally known where white out conditions occur.

As a reminder, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is pleased to offer a few winter safe driving tips so that all motorists can safely arrive at their destinations:

• SLOW DOWN “Speed too fast for conditions” is the #1 cause of winter crashes.

• LEAVE MORE SPACE BETWEEN VEHICLES Stopping distances are at least double on snowy roads, and even longer in icy conditions.

• Drive as if your life depends on it because it does.

• BE READY FOR RAPIDLY CHANGING CONDITIONS Blowing snow may suddenly reduce visibility, and gusting winds can cause ice to form quickly, especially on bridges and overpasses.

• GET YOUR VEHICLE READY Fit four winter tires. Have an ice scraper/snow-brush in your vehicle to keep your windows, signals, and lights clear before driving. Top up your windshield washer with winter-grade fluid. Keep your vehicle fuel tank at least ½ full, (so you don’t run out if you get stranded) and to prevent condensation in your gas tank.

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• KNOW WHERE YOU ARE Keep track of intersections as you pass them in case you need to call for help in an emergency.

• MONITOR ROAD/WEATHER CONDITIONS Check local media and road authority websites for conditions/closures before you leave, and listen to local radio during your journey. Visit the Ministry of Transportation Website at: www.mto.gov.on.ca/ english/traveller/conditions/ prior to setting out on any trip during the winter.

• Please do not call 911 or the OPP for “road reports”.

• If road conditions are poor and you don’t need to travel, stay home.

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