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Tips


Tips for Teen Drivers:

  • Teen attitudes can change rapidly from the moment a teen leaves the house. Some teens rebel against adult standards and regulations. Also, peer pressure, at that moment, can have a much greater influence on decision-making than advice from an adult.
  • Teens are sometimes slower to sense danger. Who has not seen a teen in action and said, "they have no fear of danger"? While you can not control your teenager when he or she leaves the house, there are some things you can do to help ensure their safe return:
  • Make sure your teen gets as much supervised driving time as possible. Even after getting their licence, supervised driving time will help to reinforce safe and responsible driving habits.
  • Restrict driving to a limited number of hours per week for the first few months according to ‘time of day’ and some potentially risky situations.
  • Realize that your teen may act differently driving with you than with their friends. Make sure he or she has had plenty of training before allowing your teen to drive their friends.
  • Because your teenager is learning, and driving can be more dangerous after dark, restrict their time behind the wheel to daylight hours.
  • Start with using approved safety restraint devices, such as seat belts and car seats, on your children every time he or she travels in a vehicle. Set the example yourself by making ‘buckling up’ a habit.
  • Choose safe cars for your teens. Muscle cars and teens can be a deadly combination.
  • Set a zero tolerance policy for car use and alcohol use.

Tips for Seniors:

Plan your route.


  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Drive during daylight hours if possible, especially if your vision at night is limited.
  • Avoid driving in bad weather.
  • Use familiar roads. Avoid heavily travelled roads and peak traffic periods if these conditions make you nervous.
  • Stay alert. Be aware of pedestrians, bicycles and other vehicles that share the road and be ready for unexpected actions.
  • Pay attention to traffic signals, and other vehicles when approaching intersections.
  • Leave enough distance between you and the vehicle ahead that will allow you to stop quickly if needed.
  • Stay in your lane.
  • Avoid medications that make you drowsy, and don't drive when you're tired, ill or under stress.
  • Use alternatives to driving such as, public transit, car/van pool, volunteer driver programs, friends or family who drive, taxi, or walking.

Tips for Winter Driving:


  • Stay alert, slow down and stay in control. Drive according to current road and weather conditions. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface
  • For more information please visit the following links:
  • Winter Driving — Be Prepared, Be Safe! — driver's checklist, winter driving tips, winter driving survival kit
  • When visibility turns bad… driving in blowing snow and whiteouts
  • Snow and Ice Control on Ontario's Highways
  • Winter Tires… right for the season