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Staying safe on winter roads


Stay focused on the roads at all times (courtesy: Holly Clements)
Stay focused on the roads at all times (courtesy: Holly Clements)

Staff writers

February 7, 2013 — Roads may be a mess in southern Ontario Friday morning. Here's O.P.P. Sergeant Dave Woodford with some tips on how to stay safe.

If you lose control of your vehicle, don't apply the brakes or accelerate
If you lose control of your vehicle, don't apply the brakes or accelerate

A powerful winter storm is expected to slam southern Ontario and Quebec.

The GTA is bracing for 15-25 cm of snow, with locally higher amounts possible. 

Over on the east coast, a Nor'Easter is set to take aim at Atlantic Canada this weekend, bringing gusting winds of up to 90 km/h and as much as 40 cm of snow for some places.

Sergeant Dave Woodford of the Ontario Provincial Police says drivers have to adjust their habits according to the weather, or they could end up in trouble.

Here are some pointers he has for anyone facing winter driving conditions:

  • Stay focused all the time
  • Keep plenty of windshield washer fluid in your reservoir 
  • Slow down 
  • Keep your seat belt on
  • Keep a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you 
  • Be careful when changing lanes: You may see a build-up of snow in between the lanes, and that's when a lot of people tend to spin out 
  • Pick a lane and stay there until you know when you have to exit, then do so gradually

Make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid in your reservoir
Make sure you have plenty of windshield washer fluid in your reservoir

If you lose control of your vehicle

--Don't apply the brakes or accelerate
--Look where you want to go, not where you are going

If you get into a car accident

-- If there are no injuries and damages are less than a thousand dollars, authorities say there's no need to call police
-- If the weather is bad and visibility is reduced, the best thing to do is to pull over to a safe location and assess the situation
-- If you're not injured, move your car away from traffic to avoid causing other collisions
-- If there are other drivers involved,  get their name, address, phone number, insurance company, as well as the make and model of all cars involved

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