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Police offer winter driving tips after officers respond to 28 collisions in Barrie

A thick layer of ice completely coats a car in Whitby. Rob Leth/Global News

Police have offered a few winter driving tips after officers responded to several collisions during the snowstorm in Barrie on Wednesday.

Barrie police say on Wednesday between 9:15 a.m., and 8:45 p.m., officers responded to 28 collisions in the city.

“While Wednesday’s forecast initially called for Barrie to receive only a few centimetres worth of snow, the flakes were flying for most of the day, making roads slick and visibility low,” the police release from Thursday said. “Thankfully, there were no serious injuries yesterday; however, police remind motorists that they must drive according to the conditions they are experiencing.”

READ MORE: More than 70 vehicles involved in collision on Hwy. 400 near Barrie, Ont.

Officers say before drivers head out they should plan their trip by checking road conditions and allow extra time for travel if needed.

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Before departure, police say drivers should remove all snow from their vehicles and should top up their gas tank and windshield washer fluid.

READ MORE: Video appears to show motorist clearing windshield of snow while driving on Toronto highway

Once on the roads, officers are reminding motorists to slow down at corners, intersections and other hazards.

Most importantly, police say drivers should keep their speed as low as practically possible, should increase distance between other vehicles and always wear their seat belts.

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