Brief snow showers hit the region on an otherwise rainy Monday morning. The rest of the week was expected to be relatively clear and snow-free, but the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have asked drivers to prepare for the colder weather ahead.
Speed, visibility, and following distances were key to staying safe as the temperature dropped. In a statement, the OPP warned of fines for not adequately cleaning snow and ice off windows, the windshield, mirrors, and lights before taking to the road.
“A buildup of snow on your vehicle and/or a foggy or iced over windshield or windows can drastically reduce your visibility and cause a traffic hazard to other motorists,” the statement said. “The Ontario Provincial Police encourages all motorists to practice safe and courteous driving habits to reduce the risk of preventable winter collisions.”
Other safety tips included giving yourself more time to reach your destination, maintaining windshield wiper fluids and keeping a spare container in the vehicle, driving according to the conditions, and braking sooner to avoid the risk of a spin-out.
Motorists were also encouraged to swap all-season tires out for winter tires. “The tread compound used in all-season tires offers little cold weather traction and becomes hard, losing pliability and traction in freezing temperatures,” the OPP statement said.
“Winter tires, however, are designed to help deliver safety and control in snow, slush, rain, ice and cold weather. The stopping distance of a car with winter tires can be up to 30 to 40 per cent shorter than one with all-season tires.”