Elgin County, ON - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding all
motorists to practice safe winter driving principles as we approach
the winter season where road conditions can be less than favourable.
Ice and snow means take it slow. Your stopping distance is reduced significantly
on slippery roads and keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle
in front of you will help you get to your destination safely.
OPP suggests the following tips:
- Have a winter maintenance check-up done on your vehicle
- Tires should be in good condition (winter tires are recommended)
- Wipers need to be in good condition and working properly. Ensure wiper fluid is
topped up before you start driving
- Clear all snow/ice from your vehicle, windows and lights so it doesn't blow onto
vehicles travelling behind you
- Use your full light system to ensure you can see and be seen
- Drive according to the road conditions, reduce your speed
- Carry an emergency kit including (but not limited to) a charged cell phone, blanket,
flashlight and flares.
- Keep your fuel tank at more than half a tank
- If road conditions are reported to be in poor condition, consider postponing your
travel under the conditions improve.
Weather and road conditions do not cause collisions, drivers who do not adjust to
the weather and road conditions do. "Leave yourself some extra travel time and don't
rush. If you See Ice or Snow - Go Slow" - Constable Stacey Culbert, OPP.
Drivers are encouraged to check road and weather conditions before they travel.
Road information is available online at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip
or by calling 1-800-268-4686.
For more information on winter driving safety, vehicle winter maintenance and winter
emergency kits, visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/ontario-511/winter-driving-tips.shtml
OPP Contact Information