GET READY FOR WINTER DRIVING
Don't be caught unprepared for the first blast of winter weather. Before
the snow flies, have a reputable garage do a tune-up and inspection on your
vehicle to prevent problems.
The brakes must be faultless and equalized so there is no pulling to one side,
which may cause skidding.
If it hasn't been done in a while, have your cooling system flushed out with
a good chemical cleaner and put in fresh anti-freeze. Check containers, belts,
hoses, the pressure caps and thermostat.
Battery and Electrical System..
Cold weather is hard on batteries. If your battery is several years old, have it
checked. Be sure connections are clean and tight.
A diagnostic check-up of the engine can be a good pre-winter investment. If
you're due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Faulty wiring,
worn spark plugs, a sticking choke or emission control devices that need
attention, can all lead to hard starting.
Check the muffler and tail pipe system for carbon monoxide leaks, which can
be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when the windows are closed.
Make sure there is plenty of gas in your tank at all times. A full tank minimizes
condensation, which may cause gas line freezing. Add gasoline antifreeze occasionally.
Heaters, Defrosters and Wipers
Have them checked to make sure they are operational. Install winter wiper blades
and use cold weather washer fluid. Ensure your windshield can give you clear vision
of the road and traffic around you.
Oil and Filter
Dirty oil can give you trouble in the winter, so change the oil and filter.
Check the other filters, including the fuel, air and transmission filters.
Snow tires increase traction in soft snow. Install them on all four wheels.
Check your tire pressure regularly - for every 5 degrees Celsius of temperature drop,
tire pressure goes down by one pound.
The following items should cover most situations:
- windshield scraper and snow brush;
- lightweight shovel;
- bag of sand, wire traction mat or other abrasive substance;
- large box of facial tissues;
- properly inflated spare tire;
- wheel wrench and jack;
- first aid kit;
- battery jumper cables.
Winter driving demands extra caution. Always be ready for the unsafe actions
of other drivers and for poor driving conditions. Clear the snow and ice from
your car, allow more travel time, leave a greater following distance and know
how to deal with icy conditions.
PROVINCIAL POLICE LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO ENHANCE CYBER SECURITY
Information and Data Systems are Today’s Criminal Targets
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is doing its part to enhance public safety and awareness and mitigate
the many threats posed by cyber criminals during Cyber Security Awareness Month.
In 2015, the top ten cyber scams earned criminals an estimated $1.2-billion from Canadian victims.
Put another way, around 80,000 people unwittingly fall prey to these scams every day – equivalent
to the population of Sarnia or Peterborough. During October, the OPP will join police services and
subject matter experts from across the country to promote public awareness and help prevent all
Canadians from becoming victims of online crime.
While engaging in a public awareness media and social media campaign, the OPP’s own Cyber Strategy
is spreading the word among its 9,200-member workforce to ensure OPP information systems and data
remain secure while building capacity to support modern investigations.
This year’s OPP Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign will focus on four topics including:
For helpful tips and links, follow the OPP on
and using the hashtags #CyberSecurity, #CyberAware and #OPPTips
Free Wi-Fi use/Password protection
Phishing/Ransomware (Personal/Corporate) scams
Online Child Safety
If you or someone you know suspects they’ve been a victim of digital or online crime,
contact your local police service, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, report it to the OPP online at
or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) at
"We know OPP members have positive impacts on public safety every day through investigations and our
various community safety initiatives. Everyone within our organization also has a critical role to
play to secure OPP data and information systems as we implement the OPP Cyber Strategy. Everyone
will receive training that explains cyber threats and teaches cyber hygiene practices, which they
can then relay to their own families, friends and business contacts."
– J.V.N. (Vince) HAWKES, OPP Commissioner
"Most criminal investigations include some form of device-based or internet-based digital evidence.
The recovery and management of digital evidence is a vital part of nearly every OPP investigation.
Based upon the pillars of prevention, response and support, the Cyber Strategy’s goal is to position
the OPP to manage risks, reduce threats and minimize harm caused by crime involving digital technologies."
–Deputy Commissioner Rick BARNUM, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime
Cyber Security Awareness Month toolkit
(courtesy of Public Safety Canada)
Cyber Security Risks
(courtesy of Public Safety Canada)
Get Cyber Safe
is a national, multi-jurisdiction, public awareness campaign created to educate Canadians about Internet security
and the simple steps they can take to protect themselves online. Visit