Town of Mono, ON (Don Butt) One thing we should remember is to keep tires and wheels balanced. My Grandson learned this recently. When he was changing to summer tires, he had one that he thought might be out of balance (it was on the rear of the car). When they installed it, they accidentally put it on the front. Being out of balance, when he drove, the steering wheel vibrated so badly that he could hardly drive! Lesson learned!! 

 Another problem he ran into was that on older cars, if there is a plastic cover over the headlights, with age these usually turn yellow, reducing the brightness of the lights. In my experience, the only thing to do is replace the plastic. Expensive!!

My grandson is an excellent driver, having had his own car since he was 16, and only one accident, caused by “Black Ice”, which gets many older drivers. I let him drive my Chrysler with no worries! He was driving his dad’s car when he hit the black ice! Oh,oh !!

Something we should be especially vigilant about is “school kids” this year because many times they have been out of school and may show up anywhere, or are back in school and on the school routes again. It’s been a mixed up year and let’s not have any kids injured as well. Please remember the new law that came out last year. I believe you must wait at a crossing til all pedestrians reach the other side of an intersection. There is a heavy fine for not doing this.

What ever happened to doing the morning walk around on your vehicle? We used to teach this all the time, but it seems to have fallen by the wayside. You check for low tires, damaged tires, body damage, a low tailpipe and more! Let’s start it again. It can pay off big!

Safety Tip
If you drink, never drive afterwards. (This tip comes to you from Doug Annett, Chairman of Safe Roads Canada).

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

Road Watch
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