Help to Reduce Winter Driving Hazards
Black ice, virtually impossible to see to those walking or driving on it, is one of the most feared hazards of winter. The accident rate on black ice can be up to 5 times higher than on dry surfaces, and 4 times higher than on wet surfaces. Stopping distances for vehicles on ice is almost 10 times that of stopping distances on a dry surface. Drivers are encouraged to install winter tires which radically outperform all-season tires in all cold weather driving conditions. They offer greater control and shorter stopping distances, and can result in auto insurance premium discounts ranging from 2% to 5% on average.
The Ontario government’s “Track My Plow” program, which helps people track the location of snowplows in their area, is in place in all of the provinces 20 winter maintenance areas. A new forecast road condition feature to Ontario 511, the MTO’s helpline, predicts road conditions based on weather forecasts, precipitation, wind, and temperatures to help drivers plan their routes.
These problem-solving tips may come in handy. No scraper? Use a credit card to scrape frost off your vehicle’s windshield. Frozen vehicle door lock? Hand sanitizer applied to your key before putting it in the lock will allow the door to open. Stuck with rear wheel(s) spinning? Tuck your vehicle’s front floor mat(s) under the rear wheel(s) for traction.