Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Winter Driving Tips from Toronto Police

Special thanks to my partner, Hugh Smith for compiling the information contained in this press release.
If you have any other safe driving tips for winter, please add them in the comments section.

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Winter driving tips
Toronto Police Service

Broadcast time:  2:14 PM
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Traffic services
416 808 1900

This will be the first Major winter storm of the season for the Toronto area. The heavy snowfall and blowing snow may cause whiteout conditions making for extremely hazardous driving conditions.
The public should be prepared to change plans accordingly to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm.

To ensure you are ready for the rest of the winter season, here are some reminders from the Toronto Police Service.

Driving – avoid any unnecessary trips.

  • Slow down and leave more space; driving slower allows more time for reaction and reduces stopping distances.
  • Look well beyond where you are travelling, and utilize your mirrors to be aware of your surroundings and other traffic.
  • Try to identify possible hazards well in advance.
  • Drive within your ability, as well as the vehicles limits and the equipment you have for the conditions.
  • Continually evaluate the need for driving, changing environmental conditions and road conditions.
  • You should avoid driving while wearing heavy boots, gloves and cumbersome coats. Carry these items with you. The size of these items can hinder your ability to feel the controls and limit your movement.


  • Tires: whether you are opting for winter, snow or all-season tires, ensure they are in good condition and are properly inflated.
  • Battery: have your vehicle's electrical system and battery level checked to ensure adequate cold weather starts.
  • Wipers: change worn or broken blades.
  • Washer fluid: reservoirs should be filled, and carry an extra container of fluid.
  • Booster cables: a set of cables is great insurance to help not only yourself, but others.
  • Snow brush/scraper: a long-handled brush, scraper or a broom, are essential for clearing your entire vehicle of snow and ice.


  • Pack a survival kit for the winter driving season
  • Include food, water, blankets, candles, lighter/matches, winter boots, gloves, and hats.

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at Traffic Services by following us on Twitter (TrafficServices), and Facebook (Toronto Police – Traffic Services), and the Blog.

Constable Hugh Smith, Traffic Services

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