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Clean off those vehicles, warns OPP

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The OPP is encouraging the public to practice safe winter driving habits. Snow and freezing temperatures have created some hazardous driving conditions already this season.

Motorists are reminded to completely clear the snow off their vehicles and to ensure visibility in all directions before heading out onto the roadway. A buildup of snow on your vehicle and/or a foggy or iced over windshield or windows can drastically reduce your visibility and cause a traffic hazard to other motorists.

The OPP reminds drivers that it is their responsibility to take the time to properly clean off their vehicles and ensure a clear view out of all the windows and windshield. The OPP may lay Highway Traffic Act charges if this is not done.

When you are on the road, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce the risk of a collision:

  • Give yourself a little extra time to reach your destination as traffic will be slower.
  • Ensure that you have completely brushed the snow and ice off your vehicle to allow a clear view of the roadway, this includes your headlights and taillights.
  • Check your windshield wiper fluid levels and pack an extra container in your car.
  • Drive according to the road and weather conditions – reduce your speed and increase your following distance to ensure you can stop safely if needed. Driving too fast for conditions is the most common cause of winter collisions.
  • Accelerate slowly and brake sooner to avoid spinouts – especially at intersections.
  • Check the weather forecast – it may be better to stay home.
  • Be a sober driver – Arrive Alive.
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