Province Reminding Northern Ontario Drivers to Plan Ahead – Winter is Coming


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 check-up. 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.

  • Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America. Winter fatal collisions across the province decreased by 52 percent from 2002 to 2013.
  • Winter tires that are in good condition can shorten braking distances by as much as 25 percent.
  • 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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