Older Drivers

New Tip Sheet - 2021


Senior Drivers in a time of COVID -19

January 20, 2021

brought to you by the Older Drivers Sub-Committee There is an old adage that declares “if you don’t use it, you lose it”. This can apply to many learned skills including driving. In this period of COVID – 19 restrictions everyone is being asked to protect themselves and others by limiting contacts and activities. If […]

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Are You Truck Aware?

November 18, 2020

Are You Truck Aware? In the past few years, the road safety record of heavy trucks has improved in Ontario. Despite this fact, in 2017, one in five road fatalities were the result of a crash involving a large truck. 2017 data also reveals that 73% of the time large truck drivers were found to […]

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Snow Mole Report 2020: Winter Walking in Ottawa

July 6, 2020

In 2015, the Age-Friendly Pedestrian Safety and Walkability Committee developed an All-Season Age-Friendly Walkability and Pedestrian Safety Audit questionnaire, and carried out all-seasons audits in several Ottawa communities in partnership with local groups and their community associations (see www.coaottawa.ca/transportation for the audit questionnaire and reports). It became clear that walking in winter was especially problematic for […]

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Louise Brunelle

June 16, 2020

2020 recipient of the Margaret Griffiths Award Soon after attending a Council on Aging seminar titled Shifting Gears, organized by the Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee (OSTC) in 2014, Louise joined this active volunteer committee.   OSTC was divided into several sub-committees that represented different areas of interest to Ottawa seniors including; Rural Transportation, Public Transit, Hospital […]

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COVID-19 Special Update: Planning and Adapting to COVID-19

May 13, 2020

What seniors and their caregivers need to know It has been several weeks since our world started shutting down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COA’s first response was to provide practical and personal information on COVID-19 for older adults and their caregivers. As older adults, we have been told to stay at home as much as possible and restrict our contact to people in […]

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COVID-19 Special Updates – Getting Out and About Safely: Walking, Driving and Using Public Transportation

April 20, 2020

NOTE: After posting these COVID-19 special newsletters we will continue to add dated, topic related links at the bottom of these UPDATES. In a sprawling city like Ottawa, getting around is important. We take for granted our ability to walk, bike, drive, or take public transportation when and where we want to go. In the midst of COVID-19 we can still get around, but […]

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Monthly Driving Tip – Transit priority signal

February 9, 2020

Traffic and pedestrians must yield to public transit vehicles at a transit priority signal. The round signal is on top of a regular traffic signal and shows a white vertical bar on a dark background. This allows transit vehicles to go through, turn right or left, while all conflicting traffic faces a red light. Monthly […]

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Monthly Driving Tip – Black Ice

February 9, 2020

  Watch for black ice at temperatures between + 4C and – 4C, where the road surface ahead looks black and shiny. It is often found on shaded areas of the road, bridges and overpasses long after the sun has come out. Monthly driving tips are brought to you by the  Older Driver Sub-committee.

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Monthly Driving Tip – Slow Down

January 7, 2020

As soon as you suspect that the road surface may be slippery, whether the cause is snow or ice, the golden rule is to ease up on the accelerator. By doing so, you ensure that your tires have more time to grip the road. Likewise, always turn the steering wheel slowly to maintain control of […]

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Driving Tip of the Month – Passing

November 13, 2019

On many high-speed roads with three or more lanes in each direction, trucks are not allowed to drive in the far left-hand lane. This means that the lane next to it is the truck passing lane. If you are in this lane and a truck wants to pass, move into the right-hand lane as soon […]

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