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winter drivingThe temperature is dropping and snow is in the forecast. Each winter, Bruce County residents and visitors face some of the toughest driving conditions around. High winds combined with snowfall causes serious visibility issues for drivers along the Lake Huron shoreline. The South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police is asking drivers and vehicle owners to start thinking about safe winter driving.

Ø Hard packed snow and ice reduce traction. Blowing snow affects your visibility. Leave yourself more time to reach your destination in winter.

Ø Snow tires are marked with a peaked mountain and snowflake to show they meet specific snow traction performance requirements. Improved traction = improved safety.

Ø Carry a snow brush/ice scraper in your vehicle. The law provides a $110 fine for the driver not having a clear view, but the consequences can be far worse if you hit someone.

Ø Does your vehicle have a survival kit if you get stranded? A kit list is available online at www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/ontario-511/winter-driving.shtml.

Ø Drivers are encouraged to check road and weather conditions before they travel. Road information is available online at www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip or by calling 1 800 268 4686.

Always adjust your driving to the changing road and weather conditions; an ordinary driver reacts to road situations while a good driver anticipates and avoids a crisis on the roads.

Modern vehicles with electronic traction control and anti-lock brakes will help you keep control, but your best defense is to reduce your speed. Slow down, stay alert, stay in control and arrive safely at your destination.

source: media release, South Bruce OPP

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