SAFE WINTER DRIVING IS IMPERATIVE
Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) advise the motoring public to remain diligent throughout their travels on locals highways.
There have been 3 fatal motor vehicle collisions in the past 24 hours within the North East Region highways.
Staff Sergeant Michael Maville-Detachment Commander, Sault Ste. Marie OPP would like to remind motorists to adjust their driving habits; “Preparing yourself and your vehicle for safe winter driving may reduce the risk of collisions”.
Check the current weather conditions and the forecast and monitor the media for weather and road conditions.
Allow extra time travelling to and from destinations in winter and slow down. Travel below the posted limit in winter driving conditions.
Leave ample space between vehicles. Always assume road conditions will be slippery in winter.
- Ensure your vehicle is mechanically safe and sound.
- Put winter tires on your vehicle.
- Make sure your heater and defroster is working properly.
- Check all your lights to ensure they are working including your hazards.
- Make sure your windows are ALL clear of ice and snow.
- Ensure your wiper blades are in good working condition.
- Fill up your windshield washer fluid and make sure the sprayers are working properly.
The weather can affect driving conditions, however, other contributing factors for vehicle crashes may include:
- Driver error
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Distracted driving
- Driving experience
- Failure to use safety equipment
Travelers can obtain road conditions by calling 511 or by visiting the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) website at: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip/index.shtml