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Highway 40 now open: OPP

OPPHighway 40 has re-opened north of Pioneer Line after having been closed by the OPP for weather conditions.

Some Safety Tips to Prepare Yourself For Safe Winter Driving

Stay alert, slow down and stay in control – the three key elements of safe winter driving.

Keep your fuel tank sufficiently full — at least half a tank is recommended.

Carry a winter survival kit in your vehicles with items such as a shovel, blanket and warm clothes, booster cables, a flashlight and food.  For more information visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/winterdrive/winterdrive.shtml

Have your vehicle serviced and maintenance performed regularly.

Consider using winter tires. They provide better traction, braking and handling during frost, snow, slush, and particularly under icy conditions.  Remember to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather.

Make sure the windows on your vehicle are clear of ice and snow before heading out on the road.

Ensure your windshield wiper fluid is topped up at all times and carry extra in your vehicle.

It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low-light conditions, and when blowing snow and white-outs affect visibility.  Whenever visibility is poor, turn on the vehicle’s full lighting system.

If you get stuck or stranded, don’t panic. Stay in your vehicle for safety and warmth. Wait for help to arrive. If you are in an area with cell phone service and have a cell phone, call for help. Remember, dialing 911 on your cell phone will connect you with the emergency services contact centre in the area. Please use 1-888-310-1122 for non-emergencies.

Check weather and road conditions before heading out and plan your trip accordingly.  Check on road conditions by visiting the Ministry of Transportation website by logging on to www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions  or by calling 1-800-268-4686. Travelers can also call the Traveler’s Road Information line by dialing 511.

Defensive and responsible driving is essential to keep our roads and highways safe and also to reduce serious injuries and fatalities.