With winter on its way and snow already falling in some areas winter driving preparedness is essential to driving safe and arriving safe.
Ontario is asking drivers to help keep the roads safe. Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca joined Halton MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris and road safety partners in offering some valuable winter safety tips to Ontario drivers:
Get your vehicle a maintenance check-up before winter arrives. Precise Car Service is here to help.
Always keep a survival kit in your vehicle.
Consider installing four winter tires for better traction, braking and handling. Learn more about a winter tire insurance discount.
Choose your route ahead of time.
Check your local weather forecast and road conditions by calling 511, or checking @511Ontario on Twitter before you head out.
Consider delaying your trip if the weather is bad.
Play it Safe:
Adjust your driving to suit current road and weather conditions.
Slow down and stay in control.
Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially snowplows clearing the road.
According to the Ontario government Ontario is committed to keeping the province’s roads among the safest in North America. This year, drivers can expect improved road-clearing measures, including the addition of new maintenance equipment where needed and the increased application of anti-icing liquids. Ontario is also launching a Track My Plow pilot program for the areas of Simcoe and Owen Sound (and hopefully coming to Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe soon) giving users information on the whereabouts of maintenance equipment, with plans to expand.
Prepare yourself for winter driving by checking your car battery, brakes, tires, wipers, engine and lights. Sub-zero climates can be tough on your vehicle.
More than 1,000 snowplows and salt/sand spreaders are used to fight winter storms on provincial highways.
Plowing begins as soon as two centimeters of snow are on the pavement.
Quoting Chief Supt. Chuck Cox, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division:
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. You can help prevent collisions by adjusting your driving to winter conditions — slow down, leave space between you and other vehicles, and give yourself lots of time to reach your destination. And always be ready for road and weather conditions to change quickly.” ~ Chief Supt. Chuck Cox, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division
Winter driving safety started with being prepared. The first step to being prepared is making sure your vehicle is mechanically ready for winter. Precise Car Service is here to help. Give us a call or drop by to book your winter vehicle maintenance checkup and appointment. Safe driving friends.