Winter driving: police urge drivers to slow down, stay in control

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Winter weather conditions are forecasted and the Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind motorists that adverse weather conditions put extra demands on you as a driver and on your vehicle’s performance.

Along with some early morning snow, Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for today, with a “wintery mix of snow, ice pellets and possibly freezing rain” this morning, switching over to “several hours of freezing rain” possible starting later in the morning and afternoon.

Police urge drivers to “stay alert, slow down, stay in control.”

“These are three key elements to safe winter driving.”

Motorists are advised of the following safety tips to help everyone arrive at their destination safely.

  • Drive according to current road and weather conditions. Reduce your speed when adverse weather conditions arise.
  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, longer stopping distances may be required.
  • Be able to see and be seen. Clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, and lights.
  • Consider installing four winter tires on your vehicle, install good wiper blades and keep an ample supply of windshield washer fluid in your vehicle.
  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Consider postponing or cancelling your trip if the weather does not improve.

To check on road conditions before you go, you can call 5-1-1. The Ministry of Transportation’s Traveller Information Services provides road information for provincial highways in Ontario by telephone at 5-1-1 or online with accessible information on the MTO Ontario 511 website at www.ontario.ca/511

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