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Special precautions
  • Starting and stopping a vehicle should be a smooth, gradual operation. With a manual (standard) transmission, use the hand brake to hold the vehicle while co-ordinating the clutch and accelerator. This helps prevent rolling back on an upgrade. Thinking ahead can eliminate the need for sudden stops.
  • Bad weather requires all drivers to adjust their driving habits and take extra care. Noise, worries and other distractions slow down a driver’s ability to react. Slow down and keep more clear space around the vehicle. A vehicle with manual transmission and conventional tires may start a great deal easier on icy roads if you place the gear selector lever in second gear.
  • Think ahead, and prepare for hazards such as narrow or rough roads, sharp turns, nar­row bridges and severe dust by slowing down.
  • Ventilate and heat the vehicle when necessary.
  • Close and secure all doors when the vehicle is moving.
  • Never permit an unauthorized person to sit in the driver’s seat, operate the vehicle or any of its controls.
  • Do not allow passengers to obstruct the vision of the driver to the front, sides or rear.
  • Never load the vehicle beyond its licensed capacity. (This does not apply to city buses, which are allowed to operate over seated capacity with no limit on standees.)
  • Except when passing, keep 60 metres (200 ft.) between buses travelling in the same direction on a highway outside a city, town or village.