Local OPP offer winter driving tips

WELLINGTON COUNTY – With the area experiencing wild swings in weather in recent weeks, local drivers have been challenged with everything from blizzard conditions to rain and ice storms.

During a major snowstorm recently, Wellington County OPP responded to numerous motor vehicle collisions.

“This response to winter driving conditions should remind us that snow covered roads can limit a driver’s abilities,” states a press release from the local detachment, which includes a number of winter driving tips.

Drivers should make sure their vehicle is in good operating condition and has the equipment that might be needed, such as snow tires, emergency kit, snow brush, windshield wiper fluid, etc.

Clear the snow and ice from windows and lights, both front and rear. Not only can ice and snow limit visibility, it can also be hazardous as it leaves a vehicle at highway speeds, police note.

Automatic settings for vehicle lights may not activate tail lights. Drivers should know how the vehicle’s lighting system works so they can be seen, police point out.

Go easy on the throttle. “Driving in a rush could mean the difference between a late arrival and an early death,” police suggest.

“Nothing new but we’ll say it again: intoxicated driving kills.”

Distractions affect reactions: focus on driving and avoid distractions.

Breaking earlier and using extra lead time and distance from the vehicle in front can help drivers avoid rear-ending someone.

Slower speeds through curves can help your vehicle maintain good tire contact with the road.

When approaching an intersection, where a driver has the right of way, they should take their foot off the throttle and coast through. “Give yourself time to watch for traffic that isn’t stopping and react,” police urge.

Backing into parking spaces will allow a better view of pedestrians, pets and other vehicles when you do go to leave.

In a collision a vehicle can be a safe place from hazards. Drivers should decide if it’s safer to exit the vehicle to a safe place or remain inside until help arrives.

Don’t wait for municipalities or police to close a road or advise about poor driving conditions. “If you think the driving conditions are poor, they probably are,” police point out.

“Wellington County OPP would like to thank all those drivers who’ve made a conscious effort to be safe and responsible on our roadways,” the release adds.

Community News Staff