Ontario Provincial Police have revealed that more than 1,600 crashes occurred in and around the GTA during the weekend storm that caused slick conditions on highways and main roads.
However, most of the crashes were not caused by the weather but by the terrible driving habits of the drivers on the road.
Police in the GTA alone they laid 15 criminally impaired driving charges.
Some of the causes of these avoidable collisions are:
• Braking too late. Drivers who failed to pay attention to traffic changes and lights ahead and braked too early.
• Following too close. Many rear end collisions could have been avoided by not doing this.
• Going too fast for road conditions. Due to such dangerous road condition, common sense would dictate that drivers needs to slow down.
• Cornering too quickly. Taking a turn too fast in slippery conditions results in loss of control of the car.
• Running red lights. This is a bad habit at any time of year, but in the winter it’s even more dangerous.
• Failing to use turn signals. It’s even more important in the winter to use your turn signals and be sure other drivers are aware of your intentions, whether changing lanes or turning a corner. They’ll need more time to stop or slow down on icy roads, so signal early.
• Not keeping windows and lights clean and clear. This habit comes in before you even get behind the wheel. – CINEWS