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Message about driving on area highways from OPP

Tuesday, February 19, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

OPP NEWS RELEASE

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OPP urge motorists to slow down during inclement weather

Highway 17 update

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Sault Ste. Marie OPP are cautioning motorists to have their vehicles ready and adjust driving behaviour as the snow continues to fall in the area.

All area highways remain open at this time, however conditions are poor in both directions with snow packed and deep slushy areas reported.

Two motor vehicle collisions are being investigated at this time on Highway 17 east of Sault Ste. Marie.

Some safety tips to remember:

• Have an ice scraper or snow brush in your vehicle to keep your windows, signals and lights clear

• Top up your windshield washer reservoir and keep an extra one handy

• Keep your fuel tank at least ½ full so you don’t run out of gas should you become stranded and to prevent condensation from forming in your gas tank

• Keep a fully stocked emergency kit in your vehicle

• Have your vehicle serviced to avoid preventable breakdowns.

Adjust your driving habits:

• Drivers must slow down!  Speed too fast for road conditions is the #1 cause of winter collisions

• Drive according to the road and weather conditions

• Leave extra spaces between vehicles. Stopping distances are at least doubled on snowy roads and even longer in icy conditions

• Know where you are: If you require help in an emergency it will delay the arrival of emergency responders if you don’t know your location when asked

• Monitor road and weather conditions: Plan your trip and check local weather conditions before heading out

• Check the Ministry of Transportation website prior to heading out on any trip during the winter. Please do not call 9-1-1 or the OPP for road reports); instead log onto this website or call 511.

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