Police all over the region were busy last week during the nasty weather.

The Huron County OPP responded to 17 collisions Thursday with the majority taking place between 7:00am and 9:30am.

Police remind all drivers to drive according to road and weather conditions.

Motorists must be prepared before they start their travels.

The OPP has a few tips for staying safe:

·         Dress for the weather, a warm winter jacket, gloves and mitts will be appreciated if you experience trouble and become stranded.

·         Carry a cell phone to contact emergency services if you experience trouble.

·         An emergency survival kit should be in every vehicle.  Recommended items include a shovel, blanket, booster cables, flashlight, food, matches and a candle.

·         Take a look at the weather forecast and pay attention to weather watches and warnings.  Postponing and delaying your travel until the conditions improve is a wise choice.

·         Monitoring the road conditions is essential.  Road conditions can be found online at www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions  or by calling 5-1-1.

·         Ensure your vehicle is clear of all ice, snow, and frost before departing.  Is your windshield washer fluid topped up?  Are the sprayers free of ice?