Province Reminds Drivers to Plan Ahead for Safe Winter Driving

driving in winter weather conditionsWith winter quickly approaching and snow already falling in parts of the province, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is reminding motorists to plan ahead in order to stay safe on winter roads.

The Ministry notes that now is the time to prepare for driving in winter conditions, which make roads significantly more dangerous than during other times of the year.
Motorists are encouraged to:

  • Get a maintenance checkup on your vehicle to make sure it is mechanically ready for winter conditions.
  • Prepare a winter survival kit with an ice scraper or snowbrush, a shovel, sand or another traction aid, road flares, a flashlight and batteries, a blanket, extra warm clothing, and a first aid kit.
  • Install four winter tires for better traction on slippery roads.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half-full.
  • Use washer fluid that is effective to -40oC.

Once winter weather is in full-force, drivers should adjust their driving for road conditions by following these tips:

  • Slow down and allow extra space between your car and other vehicles.
  • Make sure to check the weather before hitting the road and give yourself plenty of travel time.
  • Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze first, so watch for icy areas.
  • Focus only on driving and put away your cellphone or other distractions
  • Avoid hard braking, quick acceleration or using cruise control on snowy, wet or icy pavement.
  • Share the road with snow plows by being patient, giving them room and never passing a plow.

The Ontario Good Roads Association, which represents public works and municipal transportation agencies, is also encouraging motorists to prepare for the coming weather with its “Snow How” campaign. The agency notes that municipalities cannot keep the roads clear without the cooperation and “snow how” of motorists.

If you or someone you love is injured in an accident this winter caused by another’s negligent or careless actions, do not hesitate to contact the Windsor car accident lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners. We can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation.

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