SD&G OPP reports 41 collisions with arrival of winter driving conditions

The SD&G OPP sign at detachment headquarters in Long Sault. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Stay alert, slow down, stay in control, says detachment

STORMONT, DUNDAS, GLENGARRY — Winter weather conditions are here, and the SD&G OPP reminds motorists of the extra demands on winter drivers and their vehicles to stay safe.

The advisory comes as officers responded to 41 motor vehicle collisions with the season’s first major snowfall Nov. 11-12. No injuries resulted.

The three key elements to safe winter driving are summed up in the OPP catchphrase: stay alert, slow down, stay in control.

Motorists are advised of the following safety tips to help everyone arrive at their destination safely.

•  Drive according to current road and weather conditions. Reduce your speed when adverse weather conditions arise.

•  Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, longer stopping distances may be required.

•  Be able to see and be seen. Clean frost and snow off all windows, roofs, mirrors, and lights.

•  Consider installing four winter tires on your vehicle, install good wiper blades and keep an ample supply of windshield washer fluid in your vehicle

•  Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Consider postponing or cancelling your trip if the weather does not improve.

The detachment also recommends that motorists carry in their vehicles:

•  A charged cell phone in case of an emergency

•  An ice scraper, snow brush, a small shovel, sand, salt or other traction aid

•  Booster cables, road flares, fuel line anti-freeze, and tow rope

•  Extra clothing and footwear, a blanket, high energy non-perishable food, matches and a candle

•  Flashlight, small tool kit, first aid kit

Check conditions before travelling: The Ministry of Transportation’s Traveller Information Services provides road information for provincial highways in Ontario by dialling 5-1-1 or online at www.ontario.ca/511

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