Police offer tips for safer winter driving

The Guelph Police Service has some tips for preparing a vehicle for the winter season and for know­ing how to react if stranded or lost on the road. Those are keys to safe winter driving.

1. Install good winter tires. Make sure the tires have ade­quate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions.

2. If involved in an acci­dent, stay calm, move out of traffic, and find a safe place to wait for the police and emer­gency crew. Sometimes the safest place to be is in your car

3. Have a mechanic check the following items on your car: battery, antifreeze, wipers and washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, de­frost­er, and oil level.

4. Maintain at least a half tank of gas during winter.

5. Keep these items in your car: flashlights with extra bat­teries; first aid kit with pocket knife; necessary medications; several blankets; sleeping bags; extra Newspapers for insula­tion; plastic bags (for sanita­tion); matches; extra set of mit­tens, socks, and a wool cap; rain gear and extra clothes; a small sack of sand for genera­t­ing traction under wheels; asmall shovel; small tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver); booster cables; traction mats; cards, games, and puzzles; brightly colored cloth to use as a flag; canned fruit and nuts; a non-electric can opener, and bottled water.

6. Clean the windshield. Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal.

7. Dress warmly. Wear lay­ers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing.

8. Plan long trips carefully. Listen to the radio or call the Ministry of Transportation for the latest road conditions. When practical, travel during daylight and, if possible, take at least one other person along.