Thornhill, Ontario – A new “Stranded Driver” campaign is helping drivers to stay safe if their vehicles are involved in a collision or have broken down on the side of the road.

The campaign is a joint effort of the Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario (CAA SCO), the Ministry of Transportation, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and Toronto Police Traffic Services.

If your vehicle breaks down, the recommendations are:

– Stay calm and pull off the road safely. If you cannot pull off the road, turn on your emergency flashers. Call 911 for help.

– Note your vehicle’s location, which will come in handy when calling for assistance.

– If you must get out of your vehicle, watch carefully for oncoming traffic, especially at night or in bad weather. Never stand behind or directly in front of your vehicle, where you are at risk of being struck by drivers who might not see you.

“Don’t assume other drivers can see you if you become stuck on the side of the road,” said Henry Westenbrink, manager of ERS operations for CAA SCO. “That’s why it is important for drivers to prepare for the unexpected.”

The Stranded Driver safety checklist will be available at CAA Car Car Centres, select CAA Travel Stores and select ServiceOntario locations until the end of the year. It can also be downloaded at CAA SCO.

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