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Ottawa and eastern Ontario freezing rain : Tips for driving in icy conditions, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers, Ottawa Accident Lawyer…Listen up Ottawa ! A freezing rain warning issued by Environment Canada for Ottawa and parts of Eastern Ontario is expected to continue throughout tonight and into the morning. The freezing rain has contributed to over 50 reported car accidents in Ottawa today and is suspected to be a contributing factor to a serious accident on highway 401 this morning that partially closed highway 401 for close to 9 hours,  near Kingston. Leaving over 100 cars stuck for hours.

Many school boards have closed cancelled their busses. The Upper Canada District School Board cancelled all buses but schools remained open. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario also cancelled all buses.

Ontario Provincial Police , Ottawa police and I are warning commuters to drive slowly on the icy roads in eastern Ontario. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I also want to caution pedestrians to be careful while walking on Ottawa’s roads and sidewalks.  Cars may not be able to stop .Please keep your head up and be extra vigilant. Drivers need to also be aware that the sidewalks and roads are slippery and consequently be a lot more aware of pedestrians. The following are a few driving safety tips for driving in icy conditions.

  • If your car begins to slide on black ice, take your foot off the gas pedal. The last thing you want to do is give your car more gas. Slow down when you are driving on ice or in any winter conditions.
  • Don’t slam the brakes. Yes, it may be a natural instinct to slam on the brakes; however this will cause your vehicle to lose control and continue sliding. Pump your brake pedal gently instead of pushing down hard.
  • Look for dangerous trouble spots ahead. If you suspect that there is ice ahead, downshift to a lower gear before you hit the ice. The lower gear will allow you to drive more slowly and allow for better control of your vehicle.
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