Winter is Here – Be Prepared

Winter is Here - Be Prepared
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Ontario Government Reminding Drivers to Stay Safe: Ontario is reminding drivers to keep safe this winter with a few tips that will help both experienced and new drivers reach their destinations safely.

Today, at a Canadian Tire Service Centre in Vaughan, Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca joined various road safety partners in reminding everyone how to stay safe during the winter season.

Plan ahead – plan your route and check weather and road conditions before you head out. Give yourself extra time for travel or wait until conditions improve. Call 511 or visit for current highway conditions.

Be prepared – get your vehicle ready with a maintenance check-up. Have a winter driving survival kit in your vehicle and always be sure to clear all snow and ice from all windows, mirrors, headlights and rear lights.

Drive Safe – stay alert, avoid distractions, slow down, and stay in control. Adjust your driving to current road and weather conditions. Keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle ahead. If you see a working snow plow, stay back and give it plenty of room to do its job.

Quick Facts

  • About 1,000 snowplows and salt/sand spreaders are used to fight winter storms across 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway.
  • Winter tires provide better traction, braking and handling during cold, snowy and icy conditions.
  • Highways may close during severe weather – check the forecast before you travel.
  • Snow plows begin working once two centimetres of snow has accumulated on the highway– stay back when you see a snow plow to let it do its job.
  • Sand is used when salt becomes ineffective for melting ice and snow at temperatures below minus 12˚C.


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