“Higher traffic volumes on any given day bring a degree of increased risk on the roads. It’s important to put safety first and drive defensively all year round,” says Ralph Palumbo, vice-president, Ontario, IBC, in a press release. “As you and your family head out to cottage country, the campground or other vacation destinations, take a few minutes to go over a few simple road safety tips that could help save you from a collision.”
10 road safety tips to keep in mind this summer:
- Never drink and drive; ensure you always have a designated driver. Impaired driving is a serious danger to public safety. Alcohol and drugs reduce a driver’s reaction time and attention to the road.
- Avoid driver distractions. Distracted drivers can be just as impaired as drunk drivers.
- Follow the regulations in your province and 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.
- 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.
- Share the road. Be cautious of cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Always be on the lookout for and yield to vulnerable road users, even if they don’t have the right-of-way.
- Night driving doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you drive carefully and use your headlights properly, reaching your destination shouldn’t be a problem.
- Have your vehicle checked to make sure everything is working properly. Repair or replace worn parts, check fluid levels and tire pressure. Make sure all lights work, including signal lights.
- Before you tow a trailer or haul a load, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped for the job. Check your owner’s manual or if in doubt contact your vehicle dealer. Check that your rear view mirrors give a clear view of the road behind
- Upon seeing a wild animal on or near the road, brake firmly, but don’t swerve. Sound your horn in a series of short bursts to frighten the animal away.