Winter is here, and our local OPP wants you to be safe when you’re driving.

The Haliburton Highlands OPP says it’s important to leave earlier now that the weather is unpredictable. They say remember to brake slowly, because if you do it fast you can spin out.

Officials say the biggest reason people get in accidents during the winter is because they are driving too fast. They say to always check the weather forecast before heading out, because it may be better for you to stay home.

If you have to go out in bad weather, make sure you tell someone where you’re going.