OPP tell motorists to slow down
By Darren Lum
A frosty Tuesday morning last week left roads icy factoring in motor vehicle collisions in Haliburton County.
OPP Constable Dianna Dauphinee said the police responded to five collisions between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. There were no injuries reported with any of the collisions.
In a press release, Daupinee said the OPP “want to remind motorists that winter is fast approaching and that driving conditions can change rapidly and unexpectedly and to drive accordingly to the current weather and road conditions.”
She recommends the installation of four winter tires, have an ice-scraper or snow brush in the vehicle at all times, keep the windshield washer fluid filled and an extra container in the vehicle, ensure the fuel tank is at least filled halfway to prevent condensation, and to have an emergency kit in the vehicle.
Drivers need to adjust their driving habits to the ever-changing conditions.
Dauphinee recommends drivers to slow down, stay alert and in control. Other things the OPP suggest is to keep headlights on during the winter months, maintain extra space between you and other vehicles, monitor road and weather conditions before travel, never pass snow plows and keep a safe distance back from maintenance equipment, indicated by the blue flashing lights.
For road conditions or reports see www.ontario.ca/511 or call 1-800-268-4686.