How to Prevent Vehicle Theft
Make it more difficult for a thief to steal your vehicle and its contents.
- Always lock your vehicle
- Never leave your keys in the vehicle
- Turn off your ignition whenever you leave your car
- Avoid parking on the street
- Conceal items left in your car, keep things in the trunk and never leave money or valuables in the open
- Whenever possible, park your vehicle in a well-lit, well-guarded, highly visible area
- Ask your neighbours to watch out for your vehicle and do the same for them
- Install an anti-theft deterrent such as car alarms or an ignition disabler
Vehicle Safety and Maintenance
- Read your vehicle owner's manual
- Maintain your vehicle according to the manufacturers recommended maintenance schedule
- Have your vehicle checked by a qualified mechanic as soon as you notice a change in braking or handling
- Consider taking a recognized driver safety course
Child Restraint Safety
- Always properly install a child's restraint seat
- Read the manufacturer's installation instructions thoroughly
- Many police departments have programs to help with proper installation
For tips and information regarding child seat safety please contact Transport Canada (www.tc.gc.ca).
- Respect others on the road
- Leave at least one car length between you and the car in front
Airbags and Seatbelts
For information and guidelines pertaining to use and safety issues of air bags please contact the following organizations:
Drinking and Driving
NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE!
Drinking and driving has been the cause of many accidents resulting in serious injuries and loss of life. The following organizations can provide statistics and information pertaining to drinking and driving:
Cell Phones and Safety
For safety's sake, don't use your cell phone while driving. If you need to make a call, stop your car safely away from traffic before picking up the phone.
Preparing for Winter Driving
The following organizations can provide tips and information to help you prepare yourself and your vehicle for safe winter driving.
What to Do When You Are Involved in an Accident
To protect both yourself and your interests, we have provided some basic hints:
- Call the police immediately, and an ambulance if necessary
- Do not admit liability
- Record details of the accident (date, time, location, a description of the accident, any injuries, and any charges laid)
- Record details concerning the other party and vehicle (owner's name and address, phone number, and vehicle year, make and model)
- It is very important to obtain the insurance information of the other driver. This includes the name of the insurance company and the policy number and the name of the broker or agent
- Obtain a copy of the police report from the attending officer
These tips are general rules of thumb only, and may not fit all situations.
For the definitive word, contact your insurance broker for more information.
Safe Driving Quiz
Are you a safe driver? Why not test your skill and knowledge by taking one of the Safe Driving quizzes provided by the Canada Safety Council (www.safety-council.org).