Driving Safety Tips

General Travel Tips

  • Remain focused on the driving task. Do not allow yourself to become distracted while driving.  Resist applying cosmetics, reading or calls on your cell phone when driving
  • Give preference to busy, well-lighted streets. When travelling in an unknown area, drive in the same lane closest to the center of the roadway
  • If you are driving somewhere you are not familiar with, plan your route and check a map before you start out
  • If you travel a regular route,  make yourself familiar with businesses along the way that stay open late in the event you need emergency assistance
  • Keep spare change in your car for a taxi, bus fare or telephone calls in case of a breakdown
  • Keep your vehicle in good working order and the gas tank at least half full
  • When operating your vehicle, keep the doors locked and windows up
  • While driving, leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of you
  • When stopped at traffic lights or in traffic, allow space between you and the vehicle in front of you so you can drive away if necessary
  • If someone approaches your vehicle and attempts to enter, blow your horn to attract attention and drive away
  • Many people consider a cellular phone to be a good investment in safety
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers
  • Do not open your window if someone approaches your vehicle to ask for directions, the time, etc.  Keep the doors locked
  • Do not stop for a stranded motorist.  Instead, use your cellular phone or go to the nearest telephone booth and call the police for assistance
  • Beware of "staged" incidents sometimes known as a “bump and rob” in which another driver makes intentional contact with another vehicle and then attempts to rob the victim.  If you are involved in a minor collision under suspicious circumstances, stay in your vehicle with the doors locked and the windows up and await the police.  If you believe you are in possible danger, write down the license plate of the other vehicle and drive to a safe location to report the incident to the police
  • Carry in your car, a flashlight, maps, extra clothing, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, empty gas can, Call Police sign and a cellular phone


Parking Your Car 

  • When you approach your parked vehicle, visually check the area around the vehicle for any suspicious persons or activity.  If you observe anything suspicious, walk to where there are people and call the police
  • Always park in visible, well-lighted areas
  • Have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle to reduce the time needed to enter
  • Never leave house keys attached to car keys at service stations or parking facilities

Summer Driving Tips
Everyone has a role to play to ensure that our streets and highways remain among the safest in the world.  Police are doing their part this summer with an ongoing program of enforcement and education and urge that all road users make safety their top priority.

Motorists are reminded to:

  • Plan ahead, allowing plenty of time to reach your destination.  Summer traffic flow can be heavy especially around long weekends.  Try to drive at off-peak times.
  • Be courteous of others
  • Remain alert…focus on the driving task and reduce distractions.  Have a passenger attend to young children
  • Ensure everyone is wearing seatbelts/ child safety seats
  • Drive only when sober
  • Ensure you have had enough rest before setting out on an extended trip
  • Obey rules of the road and drive for conditions
  • Have your vehicle properly maintained, as well as any trailers/boats you may be towing
  • Check your fuel gauge regularly
  • Prepare for emergencies- carry a cell phone to call for help if your vehicle breaks down.  Pull completely off the travelled portion of the road.
  • Carry extra food and water in the event of long traffic delays
  • Keep a selection of current maps handy in the event you need to change routes
  • Upon arrival at your destination- remove all valuables and secure your vehicle.


Winter Driving Tips

Waterloo Regional Police urge road users to make safety their top priority with the following winter driving tips.

During extreme winter conditions, avoid driving if possible.

If you must drive, leave plenty of time to reach your destination and advise family or friends of your intended route and expected arrival time

  • Increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you
  • Communicate clearly using lights, signals, and horn as appropriate
  • Assume the road is slippery: reduce travel speed and start braking sooner
  • Be prepared for poor visibility from blowing snow and cross winds in open areas
  • Carry an emergency kit and cell phone to call for help
  • Reduce distractions and focus on the driving task
  • Buckle up, drive safe, drive sober


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