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7 Ways to Stay Safe on the Road

 

It’s estimated distracted driving accounts for 25% to 50% of traffic accidents, especially when road conditions are poor. Driving safely is beneficial to all road users, whether it means looking out for what’s in front of you or taking care not to drive quickly. Road safety is about being aware of what’s going on around you, and here are seven ways to make sure you have a risk-free journey.

 

Perform a maintenance check

 

Before you start driving, perform a maintenance check to ensure the car is road worthy. Check tyre pressure, top up oil levels, make sure the lights are working and the power steering is ready.  Performing these checks limits the chance of your car breaking down.

 

Seatbelts Save Lives

 

Statistics have shown drivers and passengers age 17-34 have the lowest seatbelt wearing rates combined with the highest accident rate. A seatbelt is the best form of safety, so put it on before starting the car. The same goes for any passengers, whether they’re sitting in the back or front.

 

Take breaks and maintain distance

 

Tiredness is one of the biggest factors in traffic accidents so you should plan to take breaks during a long journey. Resting will help to clear your mind and stave off driving fatigue. Stop for a 15 minute break every couple of hours and when you’re ready get back on the road. Maintain a safe following distance with cars in front of you, using the two second rule.

 

Always pay attention to road signs

 

Road signs are there to guide you, so knowing what to look out for is important when making an informed decision. Seeing a no turn or merge sign ahead of a traffic queue can make a big difference on the road.

 

Don’t use a mobile phone

 

Never use your phone while driving, even when stuck in traffic. A ‘hands free’ phone is just as likely to cause a distraction.

 

Take care around children

 

Children can be impulsive, especially when they are are eager to get home. Take care when driving near a school and look out for crossing signs. This means sticking to the speed limit and maintaining a steady pace.

 

Use your mirrors to anticipate

 

The best way to be aware of your surroundings is to use your mirrors to observe what’s happening on the road. Before changing lanes think about if another driver is too close or if there is enough room to move. If you’re pulling out of a parking space then check the rear view to see if it’s clear.

 

These tips might seem obvious, but you never know what could happen on the road. Driving is about being adaptable and preparing for anything. All drivers are equal when they get behind the wheel, from those who have bought their first car to people who’ve been driving for years. It’s our duty to look out for each other to ensure that we stop accidents from occurring.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    It is so important for all of us to read and follow these tips.

    January 31, 2017 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Zoey

    Great tips – it’s so important to practice good safety habits when you’re driving.

    January 30, 2017 at 4:40 am
  • Reply Ana R.

    Great tips! I will definitely use these next time I go on a trip.

    January 29, 2017 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Dotty J Boucher

    I know when hubby and I travel, he always likes to check to make sure everything is running good for us, so safer for us and those on the road.
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    January 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Mia

    All good tips to help us remember to be vigilant and alert while driving.

    January 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Ashley Stone

    Excellent read and driving reminders. I wish that every driver had to read this!!

    January 28, 2017 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Yvonne Rodriguez

    Very good read! One thing I do is pay extra attention to my surroundings by school zones. Kids are unpredictable!

    January 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Great post with great tips. It is so scary out on the roads. It seems that most of the drivers are distracted. Even with cell phones illegal to use, I still see people talking on the phone, or worse texting! Thanks for trying to bring awareness of this issue.

    January 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    SUCH important reminders!! I think some people forget the basics and really endanger themselves and others!

    January 28, 2017 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    Thanks for the reminders. I think people forget some of these after years of driving.

    January 28, 2017 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Matthiesen

    I also think that before overtaking or changing lanes that a shoulder check is imperative, there’s a blind spot that you can see into with mirrors. I’d also appreciate it if all drivers would signal their intentions before changing lanes and not when they have already turned into another lane. Cars can be death traps so please act responsibly and adjust your speed to the road conditions.

    January 28, 2017 at 12:27 am
  • Reply Sandra Caballero

    These are great stuff to know when traveling. Also it’s great for a parent to have a chance and take their baby car seat to a local inspection to make sure the car seat is properly installed.

    January 27, 2017 at 11:27 pm
  • Reply Amy Hall

    Major vehicle safety proponent here, former CPST (only let it lapse because I had a young toddler and was pregnant when I came up for renewal!). Car seats, properly used age/size appropriate car seats.

    January 27, 2017 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    Great tips! I am always checking my mirrors and no one goes anywhere in our car without a seatbelt

    January 27, 2017 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply janie vezina

    awesome reminders.. planning a long road trip soon, so this is top on my agenda.

    January 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm
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