The OPP want to make sure you stay safe and in control this winter.

Upper Ottawa Valley OPP sent out a press release to give you tips on how to handle the snowy, icy winter conditions.

They say the three key elements to winter driving are: stay alert, slow down, stay in control. They add in the press release the following tips you need to keep in mind:

  • Drive according to current road and weather conditions. Reduce your speed when adverse weather conditions arise.
  • Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, longer stopping distances may be required.
  • Be able to see and be seen. Clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, and lights.
  • Consider installing four winter tires on your vehicle, install good wiper blades and keep an ample supply of windshield washer fluid in your vehicle.
  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Consider postponing or cancelling your trip if the weather does not improve.

Along with those driving tips, the OPP suggest you keep these items in your car throughout the winter:

  • A charged cell phone in case of an emergency
  • An ice scraper, snow brush, a small shovel, sand, salt or other traction aid
  • Booster cables, road flares, fuel line anti-freeze, and tow rope
  • Extra clothing and footwear, a blanket, high energy non-perishable food, matches and a candle
  • Flashlight, small tool kit, first aid kit

The OPP mention that winter driving conditions change quickly, so they suggest calling 511 before you head to see what the roads are like.