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.

Senior Drivers

Shifting Gears

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.

Senior Driving Tool

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.

Renewing Your Licence

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:

  • Take a vision test
  • Join others in a 45-minute interactive group education session
  • Complete an in-class screening exercise
  • Undergo a driving record review

You MAY be required to pass a road test before you can renew your licence only if you have:

  • Demerit points on your driving record
  • Trouble understanding the written test or group discussion

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.

Student Drivers

Approved Driving Schools

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.

Drive Right

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.

Getting Your Licence

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

Leave the Phone Alone Campaign Take the Pledge

Online Simulator

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.

Keep Your Hands Free - It’s the Law!

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.

Fast Facts

  • Cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers
  • Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be in a crash (Alberta Transportation, 2011)
  • Driver distraction is a factor in about four million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year
  • Children are four times more distracting than adults as passengers, and infants are eight times more distracting than adults as passengers
  • Drivers texting while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash
  • Drivers talking on a cell phone are four to five times more likely to be involved in a crash

Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

  • Review all maps and directions prior to driving
  • Pre-program route on GPS devices prior to driving
  • Stow and secure loose objects in their proper place
  • Let all phone calls go to voicemail
  • Do not text, surf the web or read emails
  • Don’t eat, drink, groom or smoke behind the wheel
  • Keep two hands on the wheel for better control
  • Keep your eyes and mind on the road

Impaired Driving

Don’t Drink and Drive!

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.

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 16 to 25 year olds, and alcohol and/or drugs are a factor in 55% of those crashes
  • Nearly one third (32%) of teens did not consider driving under the influence of cannabis to be as bad as alcohol
  • Nearly 25% of parents of teenagers did not consider driving while high on cannabis to be as bad as drinking and driving
  • 16-25 year olds constituted 13.6% of the population in 2010, but made up almost 33.4% of the impairment-related traffic deaths
  • Males account for 87% of the young fatally injured drinking drivers and 89% of the seriously injured drinking drivers
  • By the time a driver reaches a blood alcohol content of 0.10%, he or she is 51 times more likely than a non-drinking driver to be involved in a fatal crash

Ways to Get Home Safely

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:

  • Having a designated driver
  • Calling a taxi
  • Taking public transportation
  • Calling a friend or family member to come and pick you up
  • Using CAA’s Drive You Home service