Northumberland OPP – It’s That Time of Year Again – Winter Safety Driving Tips

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With winter conditions just around the corner, the Central Region Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to share some winter driving tips to help motorists navigate the roadways when the snow starts falling:

  • Winter tires. Having winter tires can improve traction in frost, snow, and icy conditions, and shorten the braking distance of your vehicle.
  • Plan-ahead and check the weather forecast before heading out. If there are adverse weather conditions, delay your trip if possible. You ca n use Ontario 511 to check road conditions here: Ontario 511 (, twitter:  @511Ontario
  • Properly clean the ice and snow from your windows, lights, mirrors, and roof. This will assist with visibility, as well as help avoid having ice and debris falling off your vehicle.
  • Drive according to the conditions. Many collisions on our roadways occur because drivers are travelling too fast for the road conditions.
  • Turn off the cruise control on wet, snowy, or icy pavement. It can reduce your reaction time and vehicle con trol.
  • Steer gently on curves and slippery conditions. Hard braking, quick acceleration, and sudden gear changes can cause you to skid.
  • Give other vehicles room. It can take vehicles longer to stop in slippery conditions, so be sure to leave adequate room between you and other vehicles.
  • Have an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes warm clothing, a shovel, booster cables, high energy foods, flashlight, matches and a candle.

Be prepared for the unexpected. Give yourself some extra time if possible and remember, road safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you know any drivers that may be new to driving in winter conditions, share this information with them, and help give them the driving advantage this winter season. It could save a life.


Pete Fisher
Author: Pete Fisher

Has been a photojournalist for over 30-years and have been honoured to win numerous awards for photography and writing over the years. Best selling author for the book Highway of Heroes - True Patriot Love

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