Win­ter driv­ing

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - LAW -

The East Al­goma OPP would like to re­mind the mo­tor­ing pub­lic to prac­tice safe win­ter driv­ing habits. Snow and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures will cre­ated some haz­ardous driv­ing con­di­tions. Mo­torists are re­minded to com­pletely clear the snow off their ve­hi­cles and to en­sure vis­i­bil­ity in all di­rec­tions be­fore head­ing out onto the road­way. A buildup of snow on your ve­hi­cle and/or a foggy or iced over wind­shield or win­dows can dras­ti­cally re­duce your vis­i­bil­ity and cause a traf­fic haz­ard to other mo­torists. The OPP re­mind driv­ers that it is their re­spon­si­bil­ity to take the time to prop­erly clean off their ve­hi­cles and en­sure a clear view out of all the win­dows and wind­shield. The OPP may lay High­way Traf­fic Act (HTA) charges if this is not com­pleted. Give your­self a lit­tle ex­tra time to reach your des­ti­na­tion as traf­fic will be slower. Drive ac­cord­ing to the weather con­di­tions - re­duce your speed and in­crease your fol­low­ing dis­tance to en­sure you can stop safely, if needed. Speed too fast for con­di­tions is the most com­mon cause of win­ter col­li­sions. Ac­cel­er­ate slowly and brake sooner to avoid spin outs - es­pe­cially at in­ter­sec­tions. All-sea­son tires don’t work the same on snow, ice or cold pave­ment. The stop­ping dis­tance of a car with win­ter tires can be

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