SD&G – Local O.P.P. are sharing some winter driving tips on the day before the first significant snowfall of the season.
Environment Canada has forecast 10-15 centimeters (4-6 inches) of snow starting tonight and ending sometime tomorrow (Friday).
SD&G O.P.P. shared the following tips:
- 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, roofs, 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.
They also recommend you keep the following in your vehicle:
- 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
As well, don’t call the O.P.P. for road conditions. You can get those through the Ministry of Transportation’s Traveller Information Services by dialing 511 or going to their website.