November 28, 2012 14:04 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2012) - The official start of winter is still a few weeks away, but snow and ice have already made appearances in many communities across the province, forcing drivers to once again experience the perils of winter driving. CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) reminds motorists that extra care on roadways is required as winter weather conditions make a return.
"The safety of all motorists is of paramount concern to CAANEO, which is why we are encouraging motorists to plan ahead and drive defensively," said Korey Kennedy, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for CAANEO. "Regardless of where your travels take you this winter season - be it for a holiday road trip or just your daily commute to work - all drivers must ensure their vehicles are winter-ready and that they adjust their driving habits to reflect the change in weather."
Though the safest strategy is to avoid driving during periods of severe weather, if you must head out be sure to check the forecast before leaving and allow for extra time to reach your destination.
The following are a few tips from CAANEO for motorists to keep in mind during the winter months:
If you become stuck or stranded, do not panic and make every effort to keep your passengers calm. Always stay with your vehicle for safety and warmth and wait for help to arrive. If you do attempt to free your vehicle, take care by dressing warmly, shovelling slowly and making sure to not overexert yourself.
CAA North & East Ontario is a non-profit membership organization, providing travel, emergency road services, insurance and advocacy for its Members. Visit www.caaneo.ca.
Erin KellyCommunications SpecialistCAA North & East Ontario613email@example.com
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