Regional police are urging drivers to be prepare before heading out on the roads this winter.
Olaf Heinzel the Public Affairs Coordinator with the Waterloo Regional Police Service tells 570News, police have offered tips before winter weather hits the region in order to assist drivers in preparing for difficult driving conditions.
“What we were trying to do here is get a little bit ahead of the game, we know that the winter weather is coming.”
Below is the complete list issued by the Waterloo Regional Police Service:
- Check weather conditions regularly along your intended route and make adjustments as necessary.
- Allow extra time to reach your destination. Poor conditions may mean slower travel and a higher risk of delays.
- Leave adequate space between vehicles and look well ahead for potential hazards.
- A sudden drop in temperature following rainfall can lead to a flash freeze and icy patches- use extra caution.
- On slippery surfaces, accelerate, steer, and brake gradually.
- Communicate with others well in advance of any change in direction or speed.
- When visibility is extremely poor, consider delaying travel or changing routes. Advise others of your plans.
- Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained- e.g. wipers, defroster, lights, tires, brakes.
- Ensure that all windows and mirrors are clear.
- Pack an emergency kit – e.g. shovel, candle, matches, and blanket.
- In case of emergencies, call police for assistance.
- As in any weather, avoid distractions, wear seat belts, drive within speed limits and only when sober.