The Province is reminding drivers to prepare for winter driving conditions.
Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca told reporters in Milton that winter is on the way and snow is already falling in some areas.
Del Duca is asking drivers to help keep the roads safe and offered some valuable winter safety tips.
Some of the recommendations include:
-Getting your vehicle a maintenance check-up before winter arrives.
-Always keep a survival kit in your vehicle.
-Consider installing winter tires for better traction, braking and handling (the province is now offering a winter tire insurance discount).
-Choose your route ahead of time.
-Always check your local weather forecast and road conditions before you head out.
-Consider delaying your trip if the weather is bad.
-Adjust your driving to suit current road and weather conditions.
-Slow down and stay in control.
-Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially snowplows clearing the road.
Del Duca is also promising improved road-clearing measures, including the addition of new maintenance equipment where needed and the increased application of anti-icing liquids.
Ontario is also launching a TrackMyPlow.com pilot program for the areas of Simcoe and Owen Sound where users can get information on the whereabouts of maintenance equipment, with plans to expand.
The province has more than 1,000 snowplows and salt/sand spreaders to fight winter storms on provincial highways. Plowing begins as soon as two centimetres of snow are on the pavement.