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Truck Driver Reports Being Stuck for 24 Hours

Truck Driver Reports Being Stuck for 24 Hours

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  January 14, 2022  (LSNews)    Community Services Coordinator,  Sergeant Mike Golding is reporting Being stuck on the roadside turned into a dangerous situation for one Truck Driver on January 10, 2022. After a breakdown occurred on Highway 17 between Ignace and Dryden, the individual spent 24 hours without heat before contacting the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for assistance. Officers from Dryden detachment were able to assist by transporting the individual to a local hotel.

This was one of many calls from stranded motorists that were received by North West Region OPP over the past few days. Whether you are stuck for two hours or 24 hours, it is crucial to be prepared in case of emergency. Those who are driving through adverse weather conditions should follow safe winter driving practices, wear proper clothing and bring a survival kit.

There are three key elements to safe winter driving. Motorists are advised of the following safety tips to help everyone arrive at their destination safely.

  • ·      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.

The following is a list of some recommended items to carry in your vehicle:

  • ·      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.

To check on road conditions before your trip you can call 5-1-1. The Ministry of Transportation's Traveller Information Services provides road information for provincial highways in Ontario by telephone at 5-1-1 or online with accessible information on the MTO Ontario 511 website at www.ontario.ca/511

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