Thornhill, Ontario – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is recommending that drivers stranded on the side of the road need to make themselves as visible as possible to passing motorists, especially on a busy highway or at nighttime.
“Don’t assume drivers can see you,” said Silvana Aceto, spokesperson for CAA South Central Ontario. “The recent tragic events on our roads remind us how important it is to know what to do if you find yourself stuck on the side of the road.”
Last week, a taxi driver in Toronto was killed on Highway 427 when he stepped outside of his car, which had been involved in a collision that forced him to pull over to the side of the road. He was struck by another vehicle that hit both him and his taxicab.
CAA recommends that drivers keep items handy in the vehicle, include a reflective vest, flashlight, flares, and a fully-charged cellphone to call for help. The association reminds motorists that each case is unique, and drivers must assess their personal safety before getting out of their vehicles.
“There’s no hard and fast rule,” Aceto said. “Sometimes staying in your vehicle with your seatbelt on its the safest option. Other times, it’s getting as far away from the side of the road as possible.”
CAA advises that in all cases, people should stay calm and choose the safest option.