Toronto - Over the past weekend, the city of Toronto had a significant snowfall, with an accumulation of 26 centimetres.

Motorists are reminded, when driving in the snow, to avoid heavy steering, acceleration, and braking. This may upset the dynamics of your vehicle, resulting in a loss of control, or a collision,

Steering, acceleration, and braking should be done slower and smoother. This could make the difference between stopping behind the stop line, instead of into the intersection,

The most important part of your car is the tires. This is the only part of the car that touches the road. Ensure they are properly inflated. Refer to the owner’s manual. Remember, you are not driving the car, you are driving the tires,

Increase your following distance to 5-6 seconds. This affords you a safe distance if the vehicle ahead of you stops abruptly,

If you encounter a front or rear wheel skid, don’t panic. Do not look at what you are skidding towards, look where you want the car to go,

It is imperative that you clean all the snow from your vehicle. The frozen snow can become a projectile when sliding off vehicles, and can pose a danger to yourself and others, including pedestrians. Ensure your headlights, taillights, and licence plates are clear. Visibility and being seen are important factors for road safety,

Pedestrians should avoid crossing mid-block. Take the time and use a controlled intersection. Make eye contact with motorists. Don’t assume they see you,

Pedestrians should make it a point to be visible, not only at night, but in the daytime as well,

Do you have these items in your trunk: small shovel, winter gloves, water, jumper cables, first-aid kit, ice scraper?

You cannot predict getting stuck in the snow but, if you do, you have the tools to help yourself,

Winter commuting can be a challenge for all road users. Heavy snowfall produces a climate of unpredictability. Take your time and remain focused on the task at hand and your commute will be a safe one.