Safe Driving – It’s Your Call

By the end of 2008, over 21 million wireless phones were used in motor vehicles in Canada. With a cell phone in the car you can call for help or...

Winter Driving Tips

Winter driving can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when conditions are snowy or icy. If road conditions are dangerous, consider making...

Get Ready for Winter Driving

Don't be caught unprepared for the first blast of winter weather. Before the snow flies, have a reputable garage do a tune-up and inspection on your...

Traffic Safety

Canada Safety Council’s goal is to increase awareness and educate the public on traffic safety to make our roads safer for all Canadians. This includes aggressive driving, driver distractions, impaired driving, seat belts, photo enforcement, and many other topics.

Winter Driving Tips

Winter driving can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when conditions are snowy or icy. If road conditions are dangerous, consider making alternate travel arrangements or postponing your trip until conditions improve. Follow these steps to keep yourself safe and...

Tire Safety

Tires are without a doubt the most critical safety component on a vehicle. Where the rubber meets the road affects traction, handling, steering, stability and braking. Because of this, a sudden tire failure can have serious consequences, especially if it occurs at...

Social Host Responsibility

We are brought together over the holiday season to celebrate with friends and family, through parties, dinners and more. Whether you are attending a social gathering or having a few people over, you or your guests may want to have a few drinks. The Canada Safety...

CAUTION: Animals Crossing

If you've driven on North American roads, you've seen roadkill - animals that have been killed by passing traffic. At some time, you may have run over a small animal on the road. You may even have had the harrowing experience of striking a large animal. Road...

Motorcycle Safety in the Spring

Here are eight tips to get you to your destination safely. Take professional rider training.  There is no substitute for a skilled rider with a proper safety attitude. Wear an approved motorcycle helmet and fasten it properly.  Most crashes happen at speeds around...

Driver Improvement At Work

If your safety program does not already include driver improvement, now is the time to look at the benefits of implementing the Canada Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course (DDC). Which work-related tasks carry the most risk? If you survey your workplace, you may...

Get Ready for Winter Driving

Don't be caught unprepared for the first blast of winter weather. Before the snow flies, have a reputable garage do a tune-up and inspection on your vehicle to prevent problems. Brakes The brakes must be faultless and equalized so there is no pulling to one side,...

Groundbreaking Research on DUI Offenders

While small in number, chronic drinking drivers are responsible for most of the harm caused by drunk driving in this country.  New discoveries point to approaches that could help these offenders change their behaviour. The Most Effective Interventions One pilot study...

Driving Near Big Trucks

In fatal crashes involving a car and a truck, the car occupants are far more likely to be killed. Driving mistakes around trucks can have tragic consequences. In collisions, the sheer size of some trucks puts car occupants at a disadvantage. Many drivers are...

Poll Shows High Support for Photo Enforcement

Photo enforcement is the use of cameras, instead of police, to identify vehicles that speed or run traffic lights. A growing mountain of research shows this high tech type of enforcement helps prevent crashes and injuries. However, Canadian jurisdictions have been...

Buckle-Up Basics

The Fundamentals Make sure the restraint system has CMVSS (Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) on the label. Check the weight and height limits of the seat to be sure that it is correct for your child. Try the seat in your vehicle to be sure that it can be...

Drugs and the Older Driver

No matter what your age, being able to drive means independence. This independence comes with the responsibility to drive safely. Older drivers are very likely to be taking several medications, some of which may affect driving skills. To be a safe driver, you need to...

Winter Tires

This archived article is from December 2005. Although every effort has been made to make sure the information presented is accurate, please note that it may contain information that is out-of-date. No matter how many safety features your vehicle has, it's the tires...

The Perils of Messy Cars

Messy cars with loose objects can send dangerous flying projectiles if you brake quickly or if you are involved in a collision. Some car designs also allow larger items stored in the back such as grocery bags, suitcases or golf clubs to fly out and strike passengers....

How Cannabis Use Affects Driving

Increase in cannabis use raises concerns that users may be taking the wheel. Research indicates the effects of cannabis on driving are more complex than many assume. Not surprisingly, impairment increases with higher doses. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive...

Tips to Avoid Drowsy Driving

Drive only when rested. Don't take the wheel if you feel fatigued, no matter when or where you are driving. Have some sleep or exercise first, avoid or delay the trip, or let a rested person drive. Keep your mind alert. Listen to talk shows or up-tempo music. Try to...

Safety at Railway Crossings

A train cannot stop as quickly as the family van. A string of railway cars may be stopped one moment, and moving the next. What seems to be harmless play around tracks or trains can cost lives or cause serious injury. Please help your children understand that railway...

Properly Adjusted Headrests Prevent Injuries

Taking time to properly adjust the headrest in your vehicle can help prevent injury. That's the message from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) in its national safety awareness campaign, Rest up! Save your neck. Whiplash and other related injuries are painful for...

Safety Tips for the Older Driver

Maintaining a driver's license is an important issue of independence for older Canadians, especially to those who have driven for most of their life. The aging process brings changes that can affect the older driver's ability to drive safely. These include: reduced...