1. Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up. Don't wait for winter to set in to have your battery, belts and hoses, radiator, oil, lights, brakes, exhaust system, heater/ defroster, wipers and ignition system checked.
2. Have tires and tire pressure checked. Tire air pressure decreases in colder weather. Depending on where you live and the amount of driving you do, snow tires can provide better traction.
3. Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Don't take chances if the weather is bad. Give yourself extra time for travel, or wait until conditions improve. Call the Ministry of Transportation's information number on road conditions listed in your local phone directory.
4. If you are traveling a long distance, plan your route ahead of time. Let someone know of your destination and expected time of arrival.
5. Wear comfortable clothing that doesn't restrict your movement while at the wheel. Keep warm clothing for getting out of your vehicle.
6. Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors and the roof. After starting your vehicle, wait for the interior of the windows to clear of fog so you will have good visibility all around.
7. Make sure you travel with at least half a tank of gas.
8. Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and that it is rated in the -40°C temperature range. Keep an extra jug in the vehicle.
9. If you are in an area with cell phone service and have a cell phone, use it only when necessary. When you need help, pull well off the road to make or receive a call. Remember, dialing *OPP will connect you to the nearest Ontario Provincial Police communications centre.
PLAY IT SAFE!
Severe winter driving conditions may make you nervous, uncomfortable or fearful. Unless absolutely necessary, stay off the road. Proper preparation and the right skills will help you face the challenge of winter driving.