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Winter Road Safety tips from the O.P.P.

The Ontario Provincial Police are committed to being a leader in road safety. Winter driving can sometimes be a stressful situation; here are some important tips to keep you safe on the road:

Check your tires: Worn and damaged tires can affect your ability to drive safely. Tire air pressure decreases in cold weather, so be sure to check tire air pressure frequently.

Clean off your car: Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors, and the roof. Once you have started your vehicle, wait for any fog to clear from the windows so you will have good visibility.

Top up your fluids: Make sure that you have plenty of gas and windshield washer fluid for your trip. Keep your gas tank sufficiently full - at least a half of a tank is recommended. Make sure that your windshield washer fluid is rated in the -40 degrees celsius temperature range and always keep an extra jug in the vehicle.

Cell phone safety: Use your cell phone only when necessary. Pull well off the road if you need to make or receive a call. In an emergency, dialing *OPP will connect you to the nearest Ontario Provincial Police communications centre.

Emergency and Winter maintenance vehicles: Always leave extra space between yourself and emergency/winter maintenance vehicles as a safety precaution.

Plan your route: If you are traveling a long distance, plan ahead and let someone know where you are going and the expected arrival time.

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