Driving in winter conditions can be treacherous. Planning ahead, staying alert, slowing down and staying in control are the key elements to safe winter driving. Keep these tips in mind when planning your next trip:

  • stay off the road in severe weather conditions
  • never drive on a closed road. It is both unsafe and illegal
  • keep a safe driving distance between you and the next vehicle. Allow extra room for stopping in bad conditions
  • plan your route ahead of time. Tell someone where you are going and when they should expect you to arrive
  • keep a cellular phone with you, but pull off the road as far to the right as possible to make or receive a call. Use * O-P-P to connect you to your nearest Ontario Provincial Police call center if needed
  • dress for the weather. Wear warm, comfortable clothing in case you need to get out of the vehicle. Make sure the clothing does not restrict your movement and ability to steer
  • keep your vehicle in good working order. Winterize your vehicle with proper snow tires, good air pressure in your tires, and sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir
  • clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors, roof and license plate of your vehicle
  • keep a winter driving survival kit in the car that includes: ice scraper, snowbrush, shovel, sand, tow rope or chain, booster cables, road flares, gas line antifreeze, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, small tool kit, extra clothing and foot wear, blanket, non-perishable energy foods, candle and a small tin can, and matches.

Related Resources

Winter Driving: Be Prepared, Be Safe!
A booklet produced by the Ministry of Transportation. Provides winter driving safety tips for motorists. To receive a copy of “Winter Driving: Be Prepared, Be Safe!” or for more information, contact Health Line at 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 267.