Orangeville Police offer winter driving safety tips

The arrival of winter weather brings challenges that all motorists in Orangeville and area face. Winter weather conditions can be variable and unpredictable, placing extra demands on your vehicle and driving skills. Your Orangeville Police Service reminds residents of good winter driving practices:

• Make sure your vehicle is “winter ready” by replacing weak batteries, making sure wiper blades are operational and that windshield washer fluid is topped up, tires are properly inflated and can handle the snow and ice, the gas tank is kept at least half full to avoid gas line freeze ups and running out of gas, make sure brakes are in top condition. Most car care facilities offer winter checkups for your vehicle.

• Be prepared for emergencies by keeping a winter survival kit in your trunk. Having essential supplies can provide some comfort and safety for you and your passengers should you become stranded. Recommended items include a snow / ice scraper, shovel, sand or other traction aid, tow rope or chain, booster cables, road flares, flashlight, first aid kit, extra clothing and foot wear, blanket, candle and small tin can, matches, non-perishable emergency food supply and a fire extinguisher. Carry a cellular phone in case it is necessary to call for help.

• Driver readiness is essential. Before leaving your driveway, make sure all windows are cleared off and defrosted. As well, make sure all lights are cleared off so that you can be seen. The most important aspect of winter driving is to adjust your speed to match road conditions. When driving in stormy weather motorists accelerate, brake and steer smoothly. Abrupt accelerating, braking and cornering could cause skidding. In the winter motorists are often required to brake in order to avoid a collision. It is therefore essential to allow yourself ample distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

Drivers are also reminded of the risk of theft if you leave your vehicle unattended and running while parked in a driveway or parking lot. To avoid being the victim of theft, always remove keys and valuable and ensure that your vehicle is locked when not in use.

Additionally, Orangeville residents are reminded that overnight parking restrictions begin December 1st. Vehicles are prohibited from parking upon any highway (street) in the Town or on municipal property and parking lots, between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from December 1st to March 31st.

Posted on November 23, 2018