During an Emergency

Emergencies on the Road

Always pull to the right for emergency vehicles when you hear their sirens or see their lights.

  • Always store a Vehicle Emergency Kit in your vehicle.
  • Keep your vehicle serviced and always keep your gas tank more than half full.
  • Buy a reflective "HELP" or "CALL POLICE" sign, which attaches to the driver's-side window and can be seen in both directions, letting you ask for help without leaving your vehicle. You can buy these signs at many retail stores.

What should I do if I have to pull over?

When traffic lights AREN'T WORKING, an intersection becomes an all-way stop

If you must pull off the road during an emergency situation:

  • Pull your vehicle completely off the road.
  • Turn your emergency flashers on.
  • Roll the driver's window down half-way, hook your HELP sign on the window, and roll the window back up.
  • Lock all doors and STAY in the vehicle.
  • Open a window 1 cm for fresh air.

What if I have to drive in emergency conditions?

If you're driving and see a vehicle with a "HELP" or "CALL POLICE" sign:

  • DON'T stop.
  • Note where the vehicle is located.
  • Using a hands-free mode, call the Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) at * 6-7-7 or Peel Regional Police.
  • If you don't have a cell phone or handheld device, stop at the nearest gas station or store to use a pay phone.

If you're driving in emergency conditions:

  • Be aware of the state of the road. Keep the radio on to hear important information and updates.
  • Drive carefully and watch for debris, damaged bridges / roads and dangling / downed power lines.
  • Have your cell phone.
  • Follow the routes specified by officials. Don't take short cuts as they could lead you to a blocked or dangerous area.
  • If your car gets stuck:
    • Stay calm and stay in your car if it's safe to do so.
    • Keep fresh air in your car by opening the window slighly on the sheltered side, away from the wind.
    • Run the car engine for 10 minutes every half-hour if the exhaust system is working well.
    • Be careful of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to make sure it is not blocked with snow.
    • Be aware that dangerous carbon monoxide fumes have no smell.

HighwayAll-way stop rules

An emergency can cause a power outage, which can cause traffic lights to fail.

In this case:

  • If a police officer is present, obey the police officer.
  • The first vehicle to arrive and stop has the right of way.
  • If two or more vehicles stop at the same time, the vehicle on the right has the right of way.

Truck RolloverDriving in floods

  • Always avoid flooded areas if possible.
  • Make sure you're on firm ground.
  • If you encounter a barricade or a flooded road, take a different route.
  • If you're caught in fast-rising waters and your vehicle stalls, get out of your vehicle and save yourself and your passengers.

Driving in fog

In Peel, fog is more common in the Town of Caledon, due to the landscape of the region.

Fog is hazardous because it reduces visibility.

Even with headlights, fog can limit how well you can see the road.

If you must drive in foggy conditions:

  • Make sure you have your Vehicle Emergency Kit with you.
  • Plan ahead and give yourself enough time when travelling.
  • Reduce your speed and steer carefully, especially at night when fog combined with darkness makes it harder to see.
  • Drive defensively and cautiously and stick to the main route.
  • Don't take shortcuts.

Revised: Friday July 04 2014

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