Get a grip on winter driving with these safety tips
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Monday, November 21, 2016, 9:05 PM - With the early dose of winter there is no doubt slick roads are on the mind of many Canadians.
To prepare, the Toronto Police Service in partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario (CAASCO) held a winter driving awareness event in Etobicoke, Ont., to educate the public on unpredictable weather conditions and the importance of planning ahead.
"Winter is approaching whether we like it or not," superintendent Gord Jones of traffic services said in a press release. "Road conditions can deteriorate rapidly. You need to plan ahead, adjust your speed and be prepared for a sudden change in traffic flows or road conditions. These simple changes to your driving behaviour could prevent a tragedy from occurring and get you home safely to your family."
Officers used a modified police scout car to demonstrate winter skid response techniques and CAA communications consultants displayed items to have in a emergency roadside kit.
Toronto Police suggests keeping the following safety items in your vehicle for emergency situations:
- ice scraper and snow brush
- windshield washer fluid
- booster cables
- flashlight and extra batteries
- extra clothing and footwear
- first aid kit
- smart phone and charger
"The winter weather can be hard on your vehicle. Take the time to make sure you and your car are winter-ready," Teresa Di Felice, CAASCO's director government and community relations said in the release. "Test your battery, check your breaks, replace worn windshield wipers and pack an emergency kit before the snow arrives."
Having kitty litter on hand is another good idea as it can give you just enough traction to get out of a sticky situation. CAA also suggests installing a set of four matching winter tires for better traction as they can help reduce a driver's stopping distance by up to 25 per cent.
“We often see an increase in collisions once the winter weather hits and every driver has a responsibility to do their part by staying attentive and calm at all times behind the wheel,” added Ontario Provincial Police's Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, Highway Safety Division.
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