Safe Driving Tips

Monday, April 16, 2012

As a motorist, you have a responsibility for other motorists, pedestrians and your passengers while you are driving.  As a motorist, it is your job to anticipate risky situations, and make quick decisions for safety.  As a motorist, it is your responsibility to share the road with other motorists, cars, trucks, pedestrians and cyclists. 

Before heading out on the road, always make sure that you car is running safe.  The car should have up to date inspections on items such as; brakes, tires and headlights.  As well, make sure that your registration, license, permits and insurance are up to date.  To ensure the safety of all passengers, make sure that child seats are up to date and fit for the weight and height of any child.  Anything that can take your attention from driving is considered dangerous and has been linked to many motor vehicle accidents.  The distracted driving law in Alberta encourages motorists to be distraction free, which includes driving while doing secondary tasks such as eating, reading, personal hygiene, attending to children, and using technology i.e. cell phones, GPS units.

Following the rules of the road will also keep you safe while driving.  Using your headlights during the day allows other motorists to see you and your vehicle easier.  Always use your signal light and obey all traffic signs, lights and posted speed limits.  In inclement weather driving, use extra precaution when driving, and only drive as fast as the roads will safely allow.  Remember that the faster you travel, the longer it will take you to stop.  Going 30km/hr an hour will take a vehicle 18m to come to a complete stop and at 110km/hr it will take a vehicle 126m to stop.  Also, getting caught speeding comes with a significant fine and can affect your driver premiums for insurance, as well, the police can immediately impound your vehicle.  Having an accident, damaging your car or injuring another motorist or pedestrian is something that you might have to live with for the rest of your life, so it’s better to arrive safe than to be sorry!  Make sure to leave enough time to get you where you are going so you do not have to drive stressed.  Using common sense and alert judgment may help you avoid the risk of having an accident. 

If you know you are going to attend a function, assign a designated driver before attending the function.  This will allow everyone to know who is going to perform that role and keep motorists safe.  If you are ever in a situation that you cannot drive due to impairment, or even sleep deprivation, make sure that you do not drive, and take an alternate means to get to your destination.  Enjoy your time on the road!