ORILLIA, ON, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - With a winter storm forecast for Southern
Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are issuing an important
reminder that driving conditions could rapidly and unexpectedly change,
creating dangerous hazards and challenges for drivers.
The (OPP) is reminding motorists to check weather and road reports
before they leave and to avoid unnecessary travel.
Allow extra time when travelling to and from destinations in winter and
slow down. Travel below the posted limit and leave ample space between
vehicles. Always assume road conditions will be slippery in winter.
In general, drivers who find themselves stranded with their vehicle on a
highway in winter should stay with their vehicle and await rescue. Use
a cell phone to contact a tow truck or the police at 911. Any decision
to leave the vehicle should be taken very carefully after considering
all options. Nearby gas stations or homes may provide some shelter, but
travelling even short distances in a snow storm by foot can be
The OPP is reminding the motorists and the public not to call the OPP
for road conditions, but to call the Ministry of Transportation at
1-800-268-4686 or visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions.
Tips on preparing yourself and your vehicle for safe winter driving
Check the current weather conditions and the forecast and monitor the
media for weather and road conditions.
Dress for winter even though you will be in your car. Then you will be
prepared if you become stranded.
Carry a cell phone to contact emergency services if you experience
Carry a survival kit in your vehicle. For a description of a winter
driving survival kit visit: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/winterdrive/winterdrive.shtml. Recommended items include a shovel, blanket, booster cables,
flashlight, high energy foods, matches and a candle.
Ensure your vehicle is mechanically safe and sound.
Put winter tires on your vehicle.
Make sure your heater and defroster is working properly.
Check all your lights to ensure they are working including your hazards.
Make sure your windows are ALL clear of ice and snow.
Ensure your wiper blades are in good working condition.
Fill up your windshield fluid and make sure it's working properly.
Have an ice scraper or snow brush in your vehicle to clear the snow and
ice from all windows, mirrors, lights and roof.
Keep your fuel tank at least half full so that you don't run out of gas
if stranded, and to prevent condensation in your fuel tank.
Lastly, have your vehicle fully serviced to avoid unnecessary
Ontario's winters can make for some of the most challenging winter
driving in Canada, and the OPP is reminding Ontarians that these
important safety tips will go a long way in ensuring that you make it
through winter safely.
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
| ||Contacts by OPP Region: || |
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|Highway Safety Division: ||Sergeant Dave Woodford ||Phone: (416) 553-5471|
|Central Region: ||Constable Peter Leon ||Phone: (705) 329-7414|
|Eastern Region: ||Sergeant Kristine Rae ||Phone: (613) 284-4557|
|Northeast Region: ||Inspector Mark Andrews ||Phone: (705) 471-0704|
|Northwest Region: ||Sergeant Shelley Garr ||Phone: (807) 473-2734|
|Western Region: ||Sergeant Dave Rektor ||Phone: (519) 652-4156|