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As a driver, the life and property of your passengers, fellow drivers and pedestrians are in your hands. Never drive distracted or under any influence.

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Texting. Talking on the phone. Eating and drinking. Programming your GPS. Nearly 8 in 10 Canadian drivers admit to driving distracted – one of the leading causes of collisions, injuries and deaths on Canadian roads.1 Distracted driving is potentially as dangerous as impaired driving and much more common.

Did you know that:

  • 47% of Canadians state they’ve sent a message while driving – using a voice-memo or by typing2

  • sending or reading a text is a minimum 5 second distraction – at 88.5 km/h that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field3

  • if you talk on a cellphone while driving you’re 4 times more likely to be in a collision4

  • almost 21% of fatal collisions and 27% of serious injury collisions in Canada are linked to distracted driving5

  • if you use your phone or tablet while driving you may be breaking the law – all provinces and territories have bans in place on using hand-held cellphones and electronic devices while driving

  • depending on where you live, penalties for distracted driving can include hefty fines and, in many cases, demerit points


1 CAA National – Distracted Driving, 2021

2,4 2021, 2020 CAA National – Distracted Driving. 2020

3 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

5 Transport Canada – Distracted Driving, 2019

Avoid these distractions while driving

Don’t drive under the influence

Never get behind the wheel if you have impaired judgement. Consuming alcohol, drugs – cannabis, over-the-counter drugs, prescription medication, illegal substances – or any combination of these and other factors like fatigue can lead to impairment of your judgement.

Recognize that driving under any influence is dangerous and illegal.

The majority of Canadians are concerned about cannabis-impaired drivers on the road. A recent IBC poll finds that:

  • 84% believe that driving while high poses a real risk to road safety

  • 70% believe that driving while high is as dangerous as driving while impaired by alcohol

Amongst cannabis consumers:

  • 62% have either driven or been a passenger in a car where the driver had recently consumed cannabis

  • 61% believe it’s safe to wait less than three hours after consuming cannabis to drive

  • 43% don’t know how long to wait before it’s safe to drive after consuming cannabis

Winter driving tips

Here are simple actions you can take to help keep safe on winter roads:

  • drive according to the road conditions and heed warnings from Environment Canada’s local weather offices

  • ensure your car is tuned up throughout the season:

    • check your vehicle’s battery, belts, hoses, radiator, coolant/antifreeze, oil, lights, brakes, exhaust system, heater/defroster, ignition system and tires

    • check the wipers regularly and carry an extra jug of windshield-washer fluid in your vehicle

    • inspect the tires and check the tire pressure at least once a month in cold weather

  • install four winter tires which will allow you to stop your vehicle 40% sooner than all-season tires and significantly improve handling

  • keep the gas tank topped up

  • always carry an emergency kit and include extra antifreeze, a flashlight, batteries, blankets, a candle and matches, hazard markers, a snow shovel, an ice scraper and brush, the phone number of a local towing company, sand, booster cables and food

  • tell someone where you are going and when you expect to arrive

  • bring a map or GPS and plan an alternative route

  • carry a charged cell phone

Spot a staged collision

A staged collision is no accident – it supports false auto insurance claims. A collision scenario can be mimicked regardless of the number of vehicles or occupants reported, the events reported, or the resulting damages and injuries. Be aware of:

  • a collision in which all vehicle occupants are aware of the scheme – if occupants were not in the vehicle at the time of impact, they are known as jump-ins

  • vehicles reportedly involved never actually colliding with each other – this is known as paper fraud

How to spot and protect yourself from 3 types of staged collisions

If you have information about auto insurance crime you can: