Safety has always been a high priority for CAA. For more than 100 years we have worked to promote safe driving practices with a strong focus on making our roads safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Whether it’s teaching young drivers the rules of the road, or providing seniors with information on staying safe behind the wheel, CAA has a long history of helping improve the safety of our roadways.
We are committed to keeping drivers safe on the roads well into their senior years. Our popular Shifting Gears events encourage healthy discussion on ways senior drivers and the community as a whole can make roads safer for everyone. With our partner Safer Roads Ottawa, we will be bringing back the Shifting Gears events to Ottawa.
Stay safe on the road longer with advice on adjusting your driving habits as you age. Our online Senior Driving Tool has a wealth of knowledge to help you navigate the road ahead. Learn how to maintain and assess your driving skills, or how to adjust your driving habits to drive safely longer.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation requires all drivers age 80 or older to renew their driver’s licence every two years. As part of your renewal, you will be required to:
You MAY be required to pass a road test before you can renew your licence only if you have:
For more information about the requirements of renewing your licence once you are 80 years of age or older, please visit the MTO website, call 1-800-396-4233 or visit your nearest Service Ontario centre.
Through our CAA Approved Driving School Network (ADSN), we help ensure that new drivers in our community have access to expert training to help teach them the rules of the road. Our exclusive How to Drive Beginner Driver Education Course is only available through approved schools and goes above and beyond road test preparation.
The curriculum, approved by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, offers 40 hours of expert-led classroom and in-car training. Graduates may also be eligible for reduced auto insurance premiums and can take the G2 Road Test four months earlier than those who don’t complete Beginner Driver Education. Click here to find your nearest CAA approved driving school.
Our online informational portal, driveright.caa.ca, offers extensive information for teen drivers and their parents. Teens can find tips about getting ready to drive, learning the rules of the road and heading out solo for the first time. Parents can put their minds at ease after reviewing information on supervising teen drivers and how to get them ready to be behind the wheel.
If you are at least 16 years old you can apply for a driver’s licence in Ontario. Ontario’s Graduated Licensing System lets drivers gain skills and experience gradually with a two-step licensing process that takes at least 20 months to complete.
The steps involved in advancing through the licensing system in Ontario, as well as the rules and restrictions for new drivers, can be found on the Ministry of Transportation’s website.
Distracted driving has quickly become one of the leading causes of traffic accidents and fatalities across Canada. We are committed to informing drivers about the dangers of being distracted behind the wheel and have created an online driving simulator to show just how much you can miss when you take your eyes off the road.
In Ontario it is illegal for drivers to talk, text, type or dial using hand-held cell phones or other hand-held communications and entertainment devices while behind the wheel, including when stopped at red lights or stop signs.
'Hands-free' use means that apart from activating or deactivating the device, it is not held during use and the driver is not physically interacting with or manipulating it. Actions such as dialing or scrolling through contacts, or manually programming a GPS device, for example, are not allowed.
Currently drivers caught using a hand-held device will face a set fine of $225 plus a victim surcharge and court fees for a total of $280. Drivers who challenge the ticket in court face fines of up to $500. More information about Ontario’s distracted driving law can be found on the Ministry of Transportation’s website.
Impaired driving, which means driving while your ability is affected by alcohol or drugs, is a crime under the Criminal Code of Canada. If convicted, you can lose your licence, be fined, or spend time in jail. Your vehicle does not even have to be moving. You can be charged if you are impaired behind the wheel, even if you haven’t started to drive. More information about the penalties of driving while impaired can be found here.
If you are planning on drinking, plan not to drive. There are lots of other ways to make it home safely after a night out, including: