With a mixed bag of weather expected, be prepared
Smiths Falls – With the forecast calling for a little bit of everything this weekend, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region recommends drivers be prepared for anything.
Rain, freezing rain and snow, combined with dropping temperatures, will mean that driving conditions could be hazardous at times.
“People should think about changing plans if they can”, said Acting Inspector Marc Hemmerick, East Region OPP Manager of Traffic and Marine Programs. “Everyone has a role to play in traffic safety and part of that is knowing when to stay off the road.”
If you do head out, try to follow these tips:
- Avoid unnecessary travel or wait until conditions improve
- Adjust your driving: Slow down, extra space, no sudden lane changes
- Full lighting system on
- Clear ice from all windows and lights. You may have to do this multiple times during a trip.
- Ensure your fuel tank is full and have an emergency travel kit (food, blanket, candle, extra cell phone power) in case you are stranded or stuck
Please do not call 911 or other police phone lines to ask about road conditions. Those lines are needed for true emergency calls. To learn the latest on road conditions, visit the Ministry of Transportation’s Traveller Information site 511on.ca. It’s filled with valuable resources. You can also follow @511ONEastern or @511Ontario.