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Stay Safe on the Roads This Winter

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Stay Safe on the Roads This Winter

Province Reminding Northern Ontario Drivers to Plan Ahead

Ministry of Transportation

With signs of winter approaching in Northern Ontario, the province is reminding drivers to start preparing for the winter driving season. 

Now is a good time to assemble a winter survival kit for your vehicle and get a maintenance checkup. Install four winter tires for better traction, braking and handling in winter conditions and take advantage of the winter tire insurance discount

Be sure to check the weather forecast and road conditions before you travel. As part of the Winter Highway Maintenance Action Plan, more information has been added to Ontario 511, including roadside camera images to help drivers plan ahead.

Adjust your driving to suit current road and weather conditions. Stay alert, slow down and stay in control. Keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle ahead. Drivers can expect to see snowplows and other winter maintenance equipment before, during and after a snowfall so be sure to stay well back and drive with caution.

Investing in winter maintenance is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America. Winter fatal collisions across the province decreased by 52 per cent from 2002 to 2013.
  • Winter tires that are in good condition can shorten braking distances by as much as 25 per cent.
  • More than 1,000 snowplows and salt-sand spreaders are used to fight winter storms on provincial highways.
  • To meet new service levels Ontario’s maintenance contractors have added 158 pieces of equipment since 2013/14, including 60 pieces in Northern Ontario.

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“We’re committed to improving road maintenance every year, but keeping our roads safe is everyone’s responsibility. We’re asking drivers to do their part by planning ahead, driving carefully in winter conditions and staying well back of working snow plows.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“Winter driving conditions can come early in Northern Ontario, so it’s important for everyone to be prepared. Installing winter tires and getting a maintenance checkup will help you stay safe on the roads this season.”

Michael Gravelle

MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North

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