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16 December 2010Warning - this news article expired on 2010-01-16. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Winter Driving
Belleville, Ontario ? 16 December, 2010, police are asking drivers to be mindful of winter road conditions. Weather and road conditions can be unpredictable, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. Ensure you are well prepared for winter and always adjust your driving to existing road conditions. Even on a clear day, roads can unexpectedly be snow-covered and/or icy in areas.

Tips for Winter Driving

  • Slow down- Vehicles take longer to stop on slippery roads
  • Clear all snow and ice off your vehicle to ensure an unobstructed view
  • Check weather and travel conditions before heading out and give yourself plenty of time to get to you destination
  • Drive according to road and weather conditions. Speed limits are for ideal conditions and it will take you longer to stop on snow-covered or icy roads
  • Keep plenty of windshield washer fluid on board
  • Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to brake or react suddenly on a slippery surface.
  • If you get stuck in a storm, don't panic. Avoid overexertion and exposure. Stay in your vehicle, and open your window slightly to make sure you have a supply of fresh air. Use a survival candle for heat. Set out a warning light or flares
  • Stay Alert ? don't be distracted by hand held devises. Driving defensively and being alert to your surroundings allows drivers extra time to react.