Don’t let winter put your road trip on ice: top winter driving tips

Have you heard us on your local radio stations with tips about winter driving?

The main message is: drive safely! In winter, when conditions can change without warning, driving safely means keeping these things in mind:

Plan your trip ahead of time: Before you head out, plan your route, locate rest stops and check weather and road conditions – dial 511, or check @511Ontario on Twitter or the Ontario511 Traveller Information Services website If you’re informed before you leave, you may be able to avoid problem areas. Leave yourself plenty of time for travel, and don’t rush. It’s not worth the risk! And always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to arrive.

Prepare your vehicle: Safe winter driving starts with getting your vehicle ready. Get a winter tune-up, consider installing four winter tires, top up your washer fluid and keep your gas tank at least half full. It’s also helpful to carry an emergency kit in case you’re stranded. It should include warm clothing, non-perishable food, water, a flashlight and other safety items.

Play it safe: Slow down, be alert and drive according to weather and road conditions. Although snow plows are slower, it’s not a good idea to pass them while they’re working – in fact, it’s dangerous. The best way to drive near a snow plow is to stay back and to wait for it to pull off the highway at the end of its route.

And sometimes the best thing you can do to stay safe is to stay home. If the weather is very bad, think about rescheduling your trip.

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