Back To School

It’s the season for back to school shopping! School is back in session and the roads will be busy.  What better time than now to take a glance at road safety!?

Here are some Back To School road safety reminders:

School Buses
  • Be extra vigilant during rush hour.  Consider double checking driver blind spots, especially at intersections and near school zones.
  • School buses stop frequently and put a stop arm out with flashing lights.  It is important to come to a complete stop when lights are flashing.
  • Failure to stop will result in 6 demerit points and fines ranging from 400-$2000.  If it happens a second time, another 6 points, a higher fine and POSSIBLE JAIL TIME.
Driving in School Areas/Zones
  • Watch out for the speed limit signs around the neighborhood.  In all residential school zones, the speed limit is 40 km/h.
  • The Toronto government is currently in the process of increasing fines for speeding in school zones, and they may double if approved.  Furthermore, they are in the process of approving photo radar systems for use in these areas.
  • Too often young children get hit by careless drivers while getting dropped off or picked up at Toronto schools.  Please help do your part and keep our kids safe.
Winter Tires
  • Beat the winter tire rush.  Now is a great time to start planning to change over to winter tires.
  • We all know how slippery our roads get here in the winter time.  If you get winter tires, not only can it save your life in a scary situation, but It can save others as well.  All season tires are great, as well as cheaper, but they simply don’t get the job done the same way winter tires do.
  • As an added bonus for purchasing winter tires, you may be entitled for a cheaper rate on car insurance.  Purchasing these tires can decrease the amount of money you spend on car insurance.
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