Cars are the targets of theft, but they can also be the scene of a crime. People are generally distracted when approaching their car, carrying parcels, looking for keys, etc.

The following tips can help you keep safety in mind

  • Organize your keys and other items before you approach your car. Park at security-patrolled or staffed parking lots whenever possible. If this is not possible, park in the open and well-lit areas. Don’t carry valuables, but if you must, lock them in the trunk of your car – out of sight.
  • Lock the door whenever you enter or exit your car. Consider using an anti-theft device such as an alarm, steering wheel lock or kill switch to make it harder for thieves to steal your car.
  • If you have car trouble, put on emergency flashers and lock yourself inside. If someone stops to help, lower your window slightly, but do not get out of the car. Ask the stranger to call a service truck or the police for you. Keep a CALL POLICE sign in you car and put it in the window when you need help.
  • Consider carrying a cell phone. That way, you will not have to depend on strangers to call for help. Remember to take the cell phone with you when you leave the car.     

When you are driving a car …

  • Most older drivers enjoy the use of their cars and handle them with skill and care. It should be remembered however, that over the years your vision, hearing and reflexes are not the same as when you were younger. It is also a fact that, if you are involved in a traffic mishap older drivers are more susceptible to injury.    
  • Remember to get your doctor’s or your family’s opinion about your driving. We must all recognize our limitations. Perhaps you should avoid driving at night or in heavy traffic. Plan now for a time when you can no longer drive.
  • At the age of 80 and every two years thereafter, drivers must complete a written test, a vision test and a 90 minute workshop on traffic safety and the issues surrounding the mature driver. If a driver over the age of 70 is involved in a collision, the Ministry can require that a road, vision and written test be completed.       

When you are out walking …

  • When crossing at intersections, be sure you have eye contact with drivers who are turning as they may not see you.
  • Be aware of possible hazards such as sidewalks in disrepair or covered by snow or ice.
  • Be alert to cyclists, roller bladers or skateboarders.