With the forecast of a major winter storm moving through Huntsville today and tomorrow, there is no more important time than now for the Huntsville OPP to urge drivers to reconsider their travel plans. If you need to travel please drive safely and here are a few winter driving tips.
Prepare yourself for safe winter driving by planning your trip before starting out. Visit the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario website for road conditions at Ontario 511 (https://511on.ca) and check Muskoka411 social media channels for traffic and weather. Dress for winter even though you will be in the car. Carry a fully charged cell phone to contact emergency services if you experience trouble. Carry a survival kit in your vehicle. Recommended items include a shovel, blanket, booster cables, flash light, high energy foods, matches and a candle.
Make sure your heater and defroster is working properly, check all lights including hazards to ensure they are working. Clear your car of all snow and ice, fill up wind shield washer fluid if needed, and keep your fuel tank at least half full.
In bad weather if you do not need to travel stay at home. If you do need to drive please adjust your driving accordingly. Allow extra time travelling to and from destinations and slow down. Leave ample space between yourself and the car in front of you. If you experience trouble, If possible, park your vehicle well off the roadway and stay in vehicle until help has arrived.
Never drive on a closed highway.
Keeping the roads and highways safe is a shared responsibility between police, emergency response providers and drivers.