GET READY

FOR WIN­TER DRIV­ING ON­TARIO RE­MIND­ING DRIV­ERS TO PLAN AHEAD AND STAY SAFE

Road Today - - Winter Driving -

Get your ve­hi­cle win­ter­ready by get­ting a main­te­nance checkup and as­sem­bling your win­ter sur­vival kit. In­stall four win­ter tires for bet­ter trac­tion, brak­ing and con­trol and be sure to take ad­van­tage of the win­ter tire in­sur­ance dis­count.

To help driv­ers plan ahead, Track My Plow (track­my­plow.com) has been ex­panded to more parts of the prov­ince, and as part of the Win­ter High­way Main­te­nance Ac­tion Plan, driv­ers can find in­for­ma­tion on­line at On­tario 511, in­clud­ing road­side cam­era images. We also rec­om­mend al­ways check­ing the weather fore­cast and road con­di­tions be­fore you travel.

When driv­ing in win­ter weather, ad­just your driv­ing to suit the road and weather con­di­tions. If vis­i­bil­ity is poor, use your ve­hi­cle’s full light­ing sys­tem. Re­mem­ber that bridges, over­passes and shaded ar­eas freeze first, so watch for parts of the road that look black and shiny -- they may be icy. Driv­ers can ex­pect to see snow plows and other win­ter main­te­nance equip­ment be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter a snow­fall so be sure to stay well back and never pass a work­ing snow plow.

QUICK FACTS

• On­tario’s roads are among the safest in North Amer­ica. Win­ter fa­tal col­li­sions across the prov­ince de­creased by 52 per cent from 2002 to 2013. • Win­ter tires that are in good con­di­tion can shorten brak­ing dis­tances by as much as 25 per cent. • More than 1,000 snow plows and salt-sand spread­ers are used to fight win­ter storms on pro­vin­cial high­ways

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