How To Prepare For Safety This Spring

By Al Pace | March 7, 2017

Feel more confident driving once the snow has melted and the sun is shining? Don’t be fooled into a false sense of safety now that Spring has sprung.

Springtime Safety for Drivers

Traffic fatalities in our city have been at their highest level in 5 years. It’s more important now than ever before to drive safe and keep in mind these following tips:

  • Don’t be too quick to remove winter tires.  They are not just for snow but also protect against slippery road conditions. Keep them on until temperatures are regularly above 7 degrees Celsius.
  • Watch for hard-to-spot black ice patches as built up snow starts to melt and freeze. Wet-looking roads are a warning to slow down.
  • Temperature fluctuations increases the chances for potholes. Keep a greater distance from the vehicle ahead to allow more time to react to holes in the asphalt.
  • Ontario’s highway speed limit is 100 km per hour, but look out for exceptions (i.e. construction zones) as you’re heading in and out of the city.
  • Warmer weather means wildlife will be around our highways. Watch out for animals close to roads and drive at reduced speeds so reaction time is increased.

Springtime Safety for Pedestrians & Cyclists

A pedestrian is seriously injured or killed every 3 days on Toronto’s roads. Remember these tips and stay safe:

  • Cross roads at designated crossing areas only and use traffic signals and pedestrian push buttons where possible. Prone to jaywalking? That risks a ticket as well as safety.
  • Be extra careful at intersections where drivers can fail to yield to right of away. Always try to make eye contact with the driver before crossing.
  • When walking or cycling at night, wear bright or reflective clothing to ensure you are visible to drivers.
  • Distractions make it impossible to be on the defence. Stay off your electronics when walking or cycling – they greatly reduce awareness and response time.
  • Driveways, parking lot entrances and alleyways are some of the most dangerous hidden zones. When passing these areas, peek ahead before crossing to ensure there are no vehicles.

Click here for more information about cycling safety and here for more information about pedestrian safety.

 For more information about Toronto Road Safety, please visit the City of Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan here.