Environment Canada has issued the first winter weather advisory of the season for Northumberland County and its surrounding areas.
Snowfall is expected, amounting to between 5 and 10 centimetres. Pour visibility is a possibility with heavy snowfall at times.
This is the first significant snowfall this season.
The Ontario Provincial Police has provided the following winter driving tips to ensure all motorists on the road keep safe:
- Winter tires. Having winter tires can improve traction in frost, snow, and icy conditions, and shorten the braking distance of your vehicle.
- Plan-ahead and check the weather forecast before heading out. If there are adverse weather conditions, delay your trip if possible.
- Properly clean the ice and snow from your windows, lights, mirrors, and roof. This will assist with visibility, as well as help avoid having ice and debris falling off your vehicle.
- Drive according to the conditions. Many collisions on our roadways occur because drivers are travelling too fast for the road conditions.
- Turn off the cruise control on wet, snowy, or icy pavement. It can reduce your reaction time and vehicle control.
- Steer gently on curves and slippery conditions. Hard braking, quick acceleration, and sudden gear changes can cause you to skid.
- Give other vehicles room. It can take vehicles longer to stop in slippery conditions, so be sure to leave adequate room between you and other vehicles.
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes warm clothing, a shovel, booster cables, high energy foods, flashlight, matches and a candle.
Be prepared for the unexpected. Give yourself some extra time if possible and remember, road safety is everyone’s responsibility. If you know any drivers that may be new to driving in winter conditions, share this information with them, and help give them the driving advantage this winter season. It could save a life.