How to Prevent Vehicle Theft
Although you cannot ensure your vehicle will not be stolen, you can take a few easy steps to prevent the likelihood of it happening.
Make it as difficult as possible for a thief to steal your vehicle and its contents.
Always lock your vehicle
Never leave your keys in the vehicle
Avoid parking on the street when there are safer locations.
Turn off your ignition whenever you leave your car
Conceal items left in your car; keep things in the trunk. Never leave money or compact discs 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 to understand its maintenance needs.
Maintaining your vehicle according to the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule will go a long way toward extending the life of your vehicle, and minor problems will be spotted before they turn into major repairs.
Have your vehicle checked by a qualified mechanic whenever you notice a change in braking or handling.
Consider taking a recognized driver safety course.
Your brakes are obviously one of the most important components of your automobile. Proper care and regular maintenance is essential to protect both yourself and others from the potential harm caused by faulty brakes. Some signs that your brakes may be failing or require maintenance include:
The brakes squeal, grind or bang when applied. If this occurs, you should immediately have your brakes checked
The car pulls to one side when you apply the brakes
The brakes stick or a loss of engine power occurs when you are driving. In such cases, your brakes may not be releasing properly, which can lead to total brake loss.
The brakes grab when lightly applied. This could be caused by loose or broken brake parts
The brakes need a lot of pressure to work or the pedal needs to be near the floor before it works. This may be a sign that your brakes are worn and replacement is necessary
The brake pedal, steering wheel or entire car vibrates when you step on the brakes
Child Restraint Safety
It is important to install a child's restraint seat properly in order for it to be effective.
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 .
Road safety is an important issue especially on today's crowded roadways. For statistics and information regarding road safety and its impact on social and medical costs, please contact Transport Canada .
Airbags and Seatbelts
Airbags have been the topic of much discussion since becoming a standard feature of newer automobiles. For information and guidelines pertaining to their use and for a discussion of safety issues with respect to airbags, please contact the following organizations: Transport Canada , the Canada Safety Council, and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Drinking and Driving
Drinking and driving results in serious injuries and loss of life on our roadways. The following organizations can provide statistics and information pertaining to drinking and driving: Transport Canada and the Canada Safety Council.
Cell Phones and Safety
Cell phones can be valuable equipment in a car when you need to call for assistance. However, they can also be a distraction if they are used while driving, and many jurisdictions have restrictions on cell phone use while driving.
For safety's sake, don't use your cell phone while driving. If you need to make a call, pull over away from traffic.
Preparing for Winter Driving
Canadians know that winter driving can be treacherous at the best of times. The following organizations can provide tips and information to help you prepare yourself and your vehicle for safe winter driving: Canada Safety Council and Transport Canada.
What to Do When You Are Involved in an Accident
Being involved in an accident can be a very stressful event. To help you 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 including date, time, location, a description of the accident, any injuries, and any charges laid.
Record details concerning the other party and vehicle such as 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, the policy number, and the name of the broker or agent.
Obtain a copy of the police report from the attending officer as this will include the accident report number for future reference.
These tips are general rules of thumb only, and may not fit all situations. For the definitive word, contact your insurance broker.