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Road Safety Tips to Keep Top-of-Mind This Winter

Stay safe on the road this season, whether you’re driving, biking or walking

A person walking in the middle of a street covered in snow. Cars line the street that are also covered in snow, and there is snow falling.

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Road safety is everyone’s responsibility—drivers, cyclists and pedestrians—especially in the winter. Whether you’re driving, walking or cycling, here are some essentials everyone should follow this winter.

 

A woman sitting in the driver's seat of a car with a dark grey interior. She is wearing a brown jacket and white, knit gloves as well as a matching hat.

Drivers 

Light the way
Drivers and motorcyclists should use their full lighting system 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise, or in low-visibility situations.

Be on the lookout
Watch for pedestrians crossing the road and yield to them at crosswalks, school crossings and crossovers. And remember to mind your blind spots when making turns at intersections. 

Stay focused
Minimize distractions and obey posted speed limits, especially in residential areas. 

Be courteous
Exercise caution around pedestrians who may take more time to cross the road. 

Apply the brakes
All vehicles should come to a full and complete stop at red lights and stop signs.

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Cyclists 

Lights on
Cyclists should also use proper lighting on their bikes—a white light on the front and a red light on the back—half an hour before sunset and half an hour after sunrise, as well as when it’s dark, foggy or cloudy. 

Prioritize visibility
Cyclists should wear bright or reflective clothing to make sure they can be seen. 

Your route
Cyclists should stay within bike lanes whenever possible and come to a full and complete stop at red lights and stop signs. 

Sharing is caring
Be aware of other commuters, public transit buses and other vehicles that may stop frequently.

A pedestrian crossing light that is green, showing that it is okay for pedestrians to cross the road.

Pedestrians 

Your safe place
Sidewalks are a designated safe space for pedestrians. If no sidewalk is present, walk on the far-left side of the road. 

Be alert
Always be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions, like using your phone or wearing headphones while crossing the street. 

Follow the flow
Obey pedestrian signals and only cross at designated locations or marked crosswalks. 

Triple check
Stop, listen and look both ways before crossing and ensure all traffic has come to a complete stop before proceeding.

Be visible
Make eye contact with other road users before crossing— never assume that drivers can see you or know your intentions. If possible, wear bright or reflective clothing to improve visibility.

Hit the road.

Visit caasco.com/roadsafety to learn more.

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