It is February. And we are in Canada. Yet the Lambton OPP says people still need to be reminded to take the time to prepare themselves and their vehicles for safe winter driving during these winter months.
Winter weather conditions can change quickly, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. Winter months are a particularly important time to stay focused on the road and on other vehicles and eliminate all distractions. Defensive, responsible driving is crucial to reducing fatalities and serious injury motor vehicle collisions.
Allow extra time for traveling when weather and road conditions warrant it. Slow down and adjust your driving to the current road and weather conditions. Leave extra space between vehicles as stopping distances are more than double on snow or ice covered roads. Stay alert, focus on the road, avoid sudden braking, accelerating or steering and never stop on the roadway. If possible, park your vehicle well off the roadway and stay in it until rescuers arrive.
Keeping winter roads and highways safe for all is a shared responsibility between police, other emergency responders, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and drivers. A leading cause of collisions that occur during the winter months is poor driving and not poor driving conditions. Slow down, stay alert and stay in control – these simple steps will go a long way in reducing the number of winter weather-related collisions on our highways and roadways. And remember, “See Snow, Go Slow.”
Visit the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario web site for Winter Driving Tips at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/ontario-511/winter-driving-in-ontario.shtml
Visit the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario web site for road conditions at