NATION VALLEY — As we fall back and head towards winter, the Grenville OPP would like to remind the public to follow some simple safety tips, after the clocks change on Sunday, November 5.
Adjust for the fewer hours of daylight:
- In the fading light it becomes more difficult to see children, pedestrians, joggers and dog walkers. Please be aware that even though it’s dark, it’s still early and people will be out and about.
- For increased safety, pedestrians are encouraged to wear reflective clothing, or carry a flashlight.
- Watch for children at bus stops, both in the morning and as they return home, often in the darkness.
Changing weather conditions:
- Leaves can accumulate on the roadway and become wet. The wet leaves can become slippery and make the driving conditions similar to driving on ice.
- When driving in a fog, set you headlight to low beam.
- As the temperature drops, frost or ice may develop on the roadway, causing hazardous driving conditions. Drive slowly and be extra cautious at overpasses and bridges.
- Give yourself plenty of time.
- Always maintain a safe following distance.
- Be aware that increasing numbers of deer may be crossing the roadway. Deer are more often seen at dawn and dusk.
Prepare your vehicle:
- Ensure your windshield wiper fluid is topped up and that your wiper blades are in good condition.
- Remove any fallen leaves from your vehicle windows.
- Replenish your vehicle safety kit with winter items, such as blankets and winter clothing.
- Keep your headlights cleaned and in proper working order.
- Consider winter tires. Winter tires provide your vehicle with more traction and handle freezing temperatures better than all-seasons.
Safe driving practices are essential all through the year. However, being aware of these unique fall driving hazards and safety tips will make you a safer driver.