The Insurance Bureau of Canada and McLeish Orlando have found common ground – on the prevention of collisions. Below are the IBC’s top ten road safety tips as we near long weekend driving:
- Avoid driver distractions. Distracted drivers can be just as impaired as drunk drivers.
- Ensure proper use of seat belts, child car seats and booster seats at all times.
- Obey the rules of the road, respect posted speed limits, the rights of other drivers and drive according to road conditions.
- Understand graduated licensing restrictions. Encourage yourself to learn more about being a safe road user at every age.
- Always have a designated driver. Impaired driving is a serious danger to public safety as alcohol and drugs can reduce a driver’s reaction times and attention to the road.
- If you’re experiencing driver fatigue pull off the road to a safe spot and have a nap as driving while drowsy can be just as fatal as impaired driving.
- Be alert to the presence of all vulnerable road users and operate your vehicle safely around them.
- If you are a medically-at-risk driver, protect yourself and consistently refresh your driving knowledge.
- Share the road with trucks. Be visible and be aware of a motor carrier’s capabilities and limitations.
- Spread the word to friends and family about safer road behaviour and road safety issues. Education starts with you.
(Source: IBC, Transport Canada, Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists)