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Ontario drivers urged to prepare for winter


The first snowfall can catch drivers off-guard
The first snowfall can catch drivers off-guard

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

October 29, 2011 — With winter just around the corner, the OPP is encouraging drivers to prepare for changing weather conditions.

Speeding is the number one cause of winter collisions
Speeding is the number one cause of winter collisions

Winter has started to make an appearance in Ontario. Leamington and Goderich have already seen some light snow, and Environment Canada has recently issued frost warnings for southern parts of the province. There's no snow in the forecast for the rest of Ontario, but provincial police are warning that it could come quickly.

According to the OPP, the first snowfall can catch drivers off-guard. They're suggesting that Ontarians take a proactive approach and top up their windshield washer fluid and install winter tires before the cold weather hits. It's also a good idea to stock up on shovels, blankets, ice scrapers and snow brushes.

Drivers need to be aware of rapidly-changing weather conditions. Speeding is still the number one cause of winter collisions, so it's important to slow down when commuting on slippery roads and keep an eye out for black ice.

With files from the Canadian Press

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