Hitting the road for your next trip? Whether you’re heading home for the holidays or traveling from Edmonton to Calgary on business, don’t leave home without considering these tips for making your drive safer. Read on to learn more about driving safely in snow, avoiding animals, dealing with driving during daylight savings time, and staying alert and awake on your next drive.
1. Keep Your Vehicle in Top Shape
The last thing you want to do is have your car break down in bad weather. Having an unsafe car on the roads is a hazard for both you and other drivers. Make sure to follow up with your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and always ensure that your brakes work well, your tires are in good conditions, your windshield antifreeze is topped up, and you get oil changes on a regular basis. Anything wrong with your vehicle should be addressed before taking long trips through varying conditions.
2. Limit Distractions
Regardless of what it is...talking on the phone, changing the radio, or reaching for something in the back seat, the most important thing to be doing while driving, is driving. Many studies show that being distracted is a major cause of accidents on our roads. In fact, 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes have some form of driver inattention as contributing factors. When you have your head down, you won’t be cognizant of developments that may occur, such as an animal or debris in the road.
3. Keep a First-Aid or Emergency Kit In Your Vehicle
Along with colder temperatures and snow, Canadian winters can bring potentially dangerous driving conditions. Slippery or icy roads and decreased visibility can make driving a challenge. Having a medical kit, flares, a blanket, a spare cellphone battery pack and/or charger, non-perishable snacks, and other emergency items are always good things to have in your vehicle. Especially as it starts to get darker earlier, planning for the worst is never a bad idea. Better to be safe than sorry.
4. Pre-Trip Planning
Driving long distances requires more planning than just a trip to the grocery store. Checking the weather forecast and road conditions are a must and as already mentioned, you need to ensure your vehicle is ready for a long trip.
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By practicing safe driving techniques, you’ll increase your odds of keeping yourself (and your passengers) safe on the road. And by building a good driving record, you’ll reap the benefits of getting more affordable car insurance. Whether you’re getting your first set of keys or have been driving for decades — keep these tips in mind next time you hit the road. Driving in Canada can be a wonderful and exhilarating experience, but with distractions and less-than-optimal driving conditions, it can be dangerous. Make wiser driving choices and, when in doubt and when the weather takes a turn for the worse, make the wiser decision and let the professional drivers get you safely home. These tips will make your drive not only safer, but more enjoyable.