With snow having arrived, and a snowy winter predicted for our area this year, the Barrie Police Service Traffic Unit reminds motorists to be prepared for road conditions that could change quickly. 

Ensuring your car is equipped for winter driving is important and installing winter tires and stocking an emergency kit are important steps to take before the snow begins to fly. Before every winter outing, plan your trip and check road and weather conditions before leaving, so that you know what to expect on your journey and can allow for extra travel time if needed. Remove all snow from your vehicle before departing. This will not only help you see but will ensure you don’t affect the ability of others on the road to see as well. Top up your gas tank and windshield washer fluid before setting out to avoid unnecessary roadside stops. Most importantly – slow down and wear your seatbelt! 

When you’re on the road, being familiar with some key winter driving techniques can help you navigate your way in the wintery weather. Keep your speed as low as practically possible and increase your distance between vehicles. Slow down at corners, intersections, and any other hazards. Be prepared for understeering and oversteering and know how to correct it when necessary. 

If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision, the BPS Traffic Services Unit reminds motorists to call 911 if anyone is injured. If there are no injuries and the estimated combined damage to the involved vehicles is more than $2,000, the collision can be reported through the Collision Reporting Centre located at the Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus at 110 Fairview Road. 

And remember, if the weather is bad and you’re not comfortable driving – stay home unless it’s necessary to venture out!

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