Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. We all can reduce the risk of being injured or killed on the road by:
- Following the laws and rules of the road
- Driving according to conditions
- Always driving alert and sober
- Focusing on our driving instead of on distractions and
- By being aware and alert of the risk of animals on our roadways
How can we reduce collisions with wildlife? How do you avoid a collision with deer? Where can you obtain data on wildlife-vehicle collisions? What are the most effective measures to avoid collisions? Would you like a quick reference card on what to do to avoid a collision with wildlife?
The Wildlife Road Sharing Resource Centre (WRRC) is a centralized source of information, research, education, resources, and many other features to answer the above and other questions you may have regarding wildlife-vehicle collisions.
In Ontario, it is illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held communications and entertainment devices.
Read more about Ontario’s distracted driving law, tips to avoid distracted driving and what safe driving practices at The Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
Videos & Other Web Links:
- AT&T Don’t Text While Driving Documentary (video)
- Distracted Driving: Josh’s Story (video)
- One moment of distraction led to a personal tragedy for an Elgin County family, their friends, and the community. Think twice before reaching for a phone or texting while driving. This is Josh’s Story.
- How Four Lives Have Been Impacted by Texting-Related Collisions (video)
Texting While Driving PSA: Heddlu Gwent Police Force (video) Please Note: Contains Graphic Content
Impaired driving means operating a vehicle (including cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles) while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Learn more about impaired driving:
On July 1, 2015, the Ministry of Transportation implemented new changes to off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) allowing more types of ORVs and ATVs including two-up ATVs, side-by-side ORVs and UTVs on the shoulder of public roads, where permitted (refer to your municipal bylaws).
- Mandating that all riders - including drivers and passengers of all ages - wear an approved motorcycle helmet and use a seatbelt or foot rests, where applicable
- Children under the age of eight will not be allowed as a passenger on any ATV/ORV operating on-road
- Limiting the number of passengers to the number of available seating positions
- Requiring compliance labels on all ATVs/ORVs
- Clarifying access and exemptions for farmers and trappers and for Far Northern Ontario municipalities
Information on these changes can be found on the Ministry of Transportation website
- ATV Safety
Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs
- ATVs and Alcohol - Is It Really Worth It?
- Getting Started - Tips for Young Riders
- Handling Your ATV Safely
- If You Ride …Do It Right!
ATV crash survivor Brad Cowell and emergency room trauma physician Dr. David Ng, from Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, discuss ATV safety and injury prevention.
- Keep it Legal - Keep it Safe
- Safety Tips for the Young ATV Rider
Safe ATV riding tips.
- Smart Ride Safe Ride
Smart Ride Safe Ride outlines the Ontario legislative requirements for ATVs and other types of off-road vehicles and promotes safe and responsible riding practices.
Ontario’s winter weather can be very challenging at times, often exposing drivers to a wide range of weather and road conditions that can change drastically in a matter of hours.
SWPH reminds you to drive with extra care this winter and to always drive according to weather and road conditions.
Safe Winter Driving Practices
- Begin thinking about winter driving before the first snow falls. Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance inspection to make sure your vehicle is in safe operating condition.
- One of the best investments you can make to prepare your vehicle for winter driving is to install four winter tires.
- Before you hit the road, check weather and travel conditions and don’t take chances if the weather is bad. Call 511 for information about current road conditions or go online at www.ontario.ca/trip. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and road conditions are normally updated five times daily and more often as highway closures occur or as conditions change.
- Look far ahead when you drive so you can recognize hazards in advance and have plenty of time to respond. Adjust your driving to current weather and road conditions and reduce your speed when the roads are slippery or slushy. Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze more quickly and stay frozen longer and black ice on the road can cause your vehicle to suddenly lose control.
- Carry a winter survival kit with you when you travel. Extra clothing, winter boots, blankets and granola or chocolate bars are also recommended, and a candle and waterproof matches can help heat the interior of your vehicle if it stalls or you become stranded.
- If winter driving conditions make you nervous, uncomfortable or fearful when you’re behind the wheel, stay off the road unless your trip is absolutely necessary.
- Winter Driving
Fact sheets about Winter Driving, Winter Tires, Winter Maintenance, Winter Weather, and Planning Ahead
- Winter Driving - Be Prepared, Be Safe!
Ministry of Transportation site with downloadable Winter Driving Brochure.
Check out these Winter Driving Videos: