snowroads-opp-fullIt is a stormy start to the new year.

Powerful winter storms have created a challenge for drivers at the start of 2018. Between 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2018 and 9:30 a.m. on January 3, 2018, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police investigated 10 motor vehicle crashes and assisted another 11 motorists with stuck vehicles. There were no injuries reported at the scenes.

Remember, if you see snow - go slow. Make sure you look far ahead when you drive so you have more time to react to a potential hazard. Modern vehicles with all-wheel drive, electronic traction control and snow tires will help you keep control of your vehicle in winter, but your best defence is to slow down.

Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. Don't take chances if the weather is bad. Allow yourself extra time for travel or wait until conditions improve. If you are travelling and get caught in bad weather, tune to a local radio station for road closure bulletins.

Consider getting a winter survival kit. Extra clothing, winter boots, blankets, and snack foods will be important if your vehicle stalls or you become stranded. A kit list is available online at

Prepare your vehicle before you travel. Clear snow and ice so it doesn't obstruct your view to the front, side or rear of the vehicle, and remove excess snow. The snow will blow off as you drive, but the mini "squall" you create is a hazard for drivers behind you and could cause a serious injury crash.

Remember - an ordinary driver reacts to the changing road and weather conditions while a good driver anticipates problems before they occur. Slow down and give everyone a chance to arrive safely at their destination.

source: media release, South Bruce OPP