Ottawa Injury Lawyer on driving safety in eastern Ontario.

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa, David Hollingsworth

It’s that time of year again when the roads become more dangerous and we are also spending more time on the roads visiting friends. In light of the recent freezing rain conditions here in Ottawa , I thought I would help provide a few reminders when it comes to travel safety…

What to have with you in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

Be prepared and have a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times with:

  •  ice scraper
  •  snow brush
  •  matches
  • candles
  •  flashlights
  •  flares
  • non-perishable snacks
  • rope
  • maps
  • booster cables
  • safety shovel
  • winter boots
  • blankets
  • gloves
  • cell phone
  • Have a HELP sign (to be placed on back of window)

What to do in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Keep windows, mirrors and lights free of obstructions.
  • Check  headlamps,  signals and tail lights are clear of  snow and ice
  • Clear off your car entirely, including side mirrors.
  • Install snow tires.
  • Add gas line anti-freeze to the fuel-tank when refueling in extremely cold weather.
  • Keep gas tank always be over 1/2 full.
  • Make sure you have properly functioning  windshield wipers.
  • Keep windshield washer fluid levels full.
  • Check engine oil and ensure you have winter weight oil   5W-30.
  • Keep battery dry, clean, well connected and free of corrosion .
  • Make sure tire pressure is balanced
  • Check tire condition
  • Check coolant level and mixture and have it flushed every two years.

What to do in freezing rain driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Avoid driving in freezing rain.
  • Allow extra time for travel.
  • Do not drive if there are whiteouts, freezing rain or blizzards.
  • Never drink and drive. Use a designated driver, taxis, walk or sleepover when possible.
  • Buckle up your seat belt.
  • Ensure all passengers are buckled up.
  • Don’t drive if you are tired.
  • Slow down.
  • Keep at least 2 chevrons between you and the vehicle in front of you.

An accident can happen in an instant and can be devastating.  Most accidents can be avoided.  Please take the time and share this with friends and family. It could help save a life.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 


Accident and injury prevention Halloween night.

Ottawa personal injury and accident lawyer David Hollingsworth: Be careful out there this Saturday night. We need to keep our children safe and free from injury. The Ottawa police have put out these safety tips and I thought I’d share them with you.

The night is quickly approaching when the streets will be filled with ghosts and goblins, not to mention princesses and fairies. As always, there are a few important Halloween safety guidelines that should be observed to ensure the night runs smoothly.

Around the house… Many people enjoy transforming their homes into eerie scenes. Be sure to keep the path leading up to your door free of obstacles for the little ones, especially those with masks who might have trouble seeing in dim light.

Keep pets indoors on Halloween to protect them from hazards and preventing them from being aggressive to visitors. Before you light those candles in your pumpkin, consider using inexpensive safety glow sticks. Nothing says spooky like a glowing green jack-o-lantern!

Costumes: It is important that when helping a child pick out a costume, safety should be the main concern. Wear a light-coloured or bright costume, reflective tape or arm bands to heighten visibility.
Wear a costume that is properly fitted to reduce the chance of tripping on it.
Select a costume that is constructed from flame-retardant materials. Make sure your vision is not restricted. Consider completing your costume with make-up rather than masks. Masks may require that the eye-holes be cut larger for the sake of good peripheral vision. Shoes should fit properly even if they do not go well with a costume. If a child’s costume requires the use of props, such as a flexible-plastic sword, make sure the sharp tip is cut or filed round. Glow sticks are also an excellent method to increase a child’s visibility. You might want to consider creating a fun necklace with string to ensure they will want to wear as part of their costumes. Accessorize with a flashlight!
Before the kids hit the streets, it is important that parents be aware of the route that their children plan to follow. If you are unable to take them out yourself, consider asking another parent, an older sibling or babysitter to do the honours for you. Ensuring your child is wearing a watch also allows you to establish an agreed upon curfew.

Teach your children to recognize the places along his/her route where they can obtain help: Police Station, Fire Station or any other well indicated public place.

Although tampering of loot is rare, remind children that they must have their candy inspected by their parents or guardian prior to eating them.

Some Rules for Trick or Treaters

Bring a flashlight;
Walk instead of running;
Stay on the sidewalks (If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left-hand side of the street facing traffic);
Avoid jaywalking;
Do not cut across lawns or take short-cuts;
Take masks off when walking from one house to the next;
Do not go inside houses and do not get into vehicles;
Only visit houses that are lit;
Stay away from animals you are not familiar with; and
Vandalism is not just a ‘trick’ – it is against the law and has consequences.

Avoid injury and be safe out there Ottawa !! Above all, have a safe and ghoulishly good Halloween!
-David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Accident Lawyer