Town of Mono, ON (Don Butt) I guess it’s not too early to start preparing for winter driving. The first thing is to have a complete Winter Checkup by your mechanic (or do it yourself if so inclined). Oil and filter change and lube in some cases, check the Prestone and put on your snow tires if not too early. Remember that they now recommend them on all four wheels . This gives you better traction on steering and is than four wheels when braking. Remember to put an extra can of washer fluid in the trunk, along with an emergency kit if you have one. Put extra scrapers in the door pockets (they sometimes break). and the long handled snow brushes. It is a good plan to carry a car blanket in the winter time. A flashlight is also very handy and these are usually included in an Emergency kit.
The other important thing for winter preparedness is changes to your driving. You cannot drive on ice and snow the same as bare pavement. If you do, see you at then Wreckers!! You should gauge your speed to weather and road conditions. Watch for areas where “Black Ice” is often found. On bridges, overpasses, along the side of lakes and rivers, especially if there is a wind. You cannot see black ice but be prepared or it will get you. On really stormy days with very bad visibility, consider staying off the roads. Your boss would probably rather have you at work tomorrow than be faced with finding a replacement. If you are contemplating buying a car, consider that light colours are hard to see in wintertime (white, beige, light grey). Also consider ABS brakes, they can be a lifesaver!! Safe driving and take it easy.
If you drink, never drive afterwards. (these tips supplied by Doug Anett of Oakville, Ont.)
Phone Nos. (a list of valuable numbers to have)
For all emergencies – 911
To report non-emergency incidents or bad drivers 1-800-310-1122
Or by cell phone only *677
To report unsafe driving behaviour contact OPP Communications Centre:
*OPP (*677) on your Cell or
1-888-310-1122 on your Landline.
If you prefer a paper form, our forms are available at Mono Plaza and OPP at Primrose. Please use them, the life you may save could be your own or a loved one.
Don Butt is currently the Public Relations and Media Contact for the Mono Community Policing Committee. If you would like more information on anything covered in Don’s Column or would like to see a topic of public interest or safety covered; contact him here.