Here at Red Arrow, we pride ourselves on our deep commitment to safety and we want you to be safe whether you're travelling with us or on your own.
With millions of Alberta miles under our belts, we think we're in a pretty good position to give some tips on how to stay safe when travelling on the road.
Whether you’re heading home for a quick visit, going on a backcountry adventure or traveling from Edmonton to Calgary on business, don’t leave home without considering these tips for making your drive safer.
1. Keep Your Vehicle in Top Shape
The last thing you want to do is have your car break down on a busy highway or in bad weather. Having an unsafe car on the road is a hazard for both you and other drivers. Make sure to follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and always ensure that your brakes work well, your tires are in good condition, your windshield washer fluid is topped up, and you get your oil changed on a regular basis. Anything wrong with your vehicle should be addressed before taking longer trips.
2. Limit Distractions
Regardless of what it is...talking on the phone, changing the radio, eating, 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. Avoid Unnecessary Lane Changes
It may seem like you would get to your destination faster by passing the slower vehicles in front of you, but in most cases it's simply not true. In fact, changing lanes frequently increases the chances of a collision which will most certainly entail ariving to your destination much later than planned. If you must change lanes, please be sure to always check for oncoming traffic and potential hazards ahead, use your mirrors to check behind you, glance over your shoulder to check your blind spot, and always use your signal light.
4. Keep a First-Aid or Emergency Kit In Your Vehicle
We all know that Canadian winters can bring potentially dangerous driving conditions but it's important to be prepared year-round. When travelling to more remote destinations in Alberta, you may end up being stuck in an area that has very little traffic and no cell service. Having a medical kit, flares, a blanket, non-perishable snacks, and other emergency items are always good things to have in your vehicle. Planning for the worst is never a bad idea.
5. Plan Ahead
Driving long distances requires more planning than just a trip to the grocery store. Checking the weather forecast, traffic, and road conditions are a must. It's also a good idea to ensure your AMA membership is current. And as already mentioned, ensure your vehicle is ready for a long trip.
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.
When you do contemplate your next road trip, consider letting us do the driving instead. At Red Arrow, our professinal drivers are trained in getting all passengers to their destination and Safely Home. Safely Home is our first Core Value and is at the heart of everything we do. And with luxurious coach features such as leather reclining seats, complimentary snacks and beverages, and free WiFi — you can remain connected, relaxed, and most importantly safe on your trip. Save yourself the drive — and book your next trip with us.