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