Santa's taking pictures at Northgate and the Christmas Christmas parade is Sunday. You know that means winter driving conditions are upon us. The OPP advise drivers to keep extra space between vehicles and take your time. For their full list of tips, see their statement below:
Winter driving conditions are almost upon us and members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North Bay Detachment urge drivers to avoid the risky behaviour of aggressive driving – slow down, give yourself more time to arrive at your destination and maintain distance between vehicles. Excess speed reduces the amount of available time needed to avoid a collision, increases the likelihood of a collision and increases the severity of a collision once it occurs.
If travel is necessary during potentially dangerous winter weather it's best to inform someone of the travel route, destination and expected arrival time. Motorists should also remember to keep their gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Motorists have several choices for checking road conditions and include calling the MTO at 1-800-268-4686 or 511; or by checking the following websiteswww.ontario.ca/511 or www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions .
Prepare yourself for road trips by wearing winter clothing (even though you are in a motor vehicle) and carry a cell phone. Also prepare your car by equipping it with proper winter tires, ensure that headlights, tail lights, wipers and defrost are working properly, ice and snow cleared off windows, windshield washer fluid topped up and ensure gas tank is at least half full. A winter vehicle kit is also a good practice and can include these items:
- Flashlights with extra batteries - First aid kit with pocket knife
- Necessary medication - Blankets
- Matches and candles for light and heat - Extra set of mittens, socks and wool cap
- Shovel - Tools (pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers)
- Booster cables - Bottled water
- Ice scraper/snowbrush - Tow rope or chain
- Road Flares - Fuel Line anti-freeze
- Fire extinguisher - Non-perishable food
- A brightly coloured cloth to use as a distress flag
- Bag of sand for generating traction under the wheels