Media Release – Winter Driving Tips

Hastings & Prince Edward Counties/January 24th, 2017 – The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is reminding the public of some important driving tips that will increase your chances of arriving safely at your destination this winter.

Slowing down in winter conditions will go a long way in ensuring your safety on the road.  “Many vehicle collisions happen in the winter because drivers are simply going too fast for the weather and road conditions,” says Constable Scott Preston of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service.  “Remember, the posted speed limit is for ideal road and weather conditions, and drivers should slow down in wet, snowy, or icy weather.   Drivers should also keep a safe distance from other vehicles, which will give them enough time to respond if they need to take sudden action,” says Preston.

Before you hit the road this winter:

  • Check the weather forecast – if conditions look hazardous, delay your trip if possible
  • Use Ontario 511 to check road conditions
  • Allow for extra time to get to your destination
  • Clear ice and snow from your windows, lights, mirrors and roof
  • Focus on your driving. Put away your cell phone and other distractions
  • Always stay well behind a working snow plow, and never pass these vehicles

For more information, check out the Ministry of Transportation’s Top 10 Tips to Prepare for Winter Driving or take their Winter Driving Quiz.

 About the QRTC

The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, Stirling-Rawdon Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County and Quinte West OPP Detachments.  The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

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