National Safe Driving Week

National Safe Driving Week

It's National Safe Driving Week! The Canada Safety Council dedicates a week to raising awareness of safe driving practices, with a focus on the increased risks during the winter holiday season. Although safe driving is important all year round, it is especially crucial when weather conditions and other dangers on the road can be more hazardous. To help promote National Safe Driving Week, we've put together some tips to keep you and your family safe while driving this winter:

 

Starting with your car's winter preparation - Taking care of your car before winter weather hits is important in order to avoid any problems later on. Follow these simple maintenance tips and your car will be ready to go when spring arrives. Make sure to keep your battery in good condition, as cold weather can reduce its output. Also, check your tires to ensure they are in good condition and have enough tread depth and tire pressure. If necessary, swap to winter tires. By following these tips, you can help ensure your car is ready for winter weather.

 

There are many resources available on road safety that are worth reading - Before setting out on a journey, it is always a good idea to check the weather and road conditions to make sure you have a safe and comfortable trip. By planning your route and consulting the weather forecast in advance, you can be prepared for any conditions you may encounter. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and drive in a way that is respectful of the other drivers and pedestrians around you. Don't rely solely on your GPS to tell you when you will arrive at your destination.

 

It's always a good idea to be prepared for winter weather emergencies - If you have the following items with you, you'll be able to manage any roadside breakdown in winter and avoid frostbite or freezing. This is especially important if you're driving through sparsely populated areas, where getting trapped in a snowstorm can be even more dangerous. Having these items with you can help you stay safe in case of an emergency.

 

It's always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies when traveling, especially in winter. Make sure you have an ice scraper/snow brush, jumper cables, gear to change a flat tire, and a tow rope in your car, as well as high-energy food that doesn’t expire, and water. A first-aid kit is also a good idea. Don't forget to pack a phone charger/power pack, flashlight and extra batteries, kitty litter, sand, or tire treads, candle and waterproof matches, and roadside emergency supplies. Finally, make sure you have appropriate winter clothes and a heavy blanket.

 

Let us all share the road, and let us all make sure that everyone can travel safely and without disruption - One of the most important things to remember when driving is to be considerate of all other drivers and road users. You are sharing the road with cars, buses, trucks, cyclists, and pedestrians, and it is important to obey all traffic laws and signals. When following a snow plow, keep a safe distance as they may not have good visibility and can create billows of snow that can reduce your ability to see.

 

How can I stay safe on icy roads? - How your car reacts to a skid depends on the type of transmission system it has. If your car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), make sure you know how to use it correctly. If you hit an icy patch while driving, ease up on the brake and point your wheels straight ahead. Try to maintain control of your speed and direction, and stay calm. Panicking during a skid can make the situation more dangerous for you and the other drivers around you.

 

Don't drink alcohol and drive. It's not worth the risk - It is important to be well-rested and to set some ground rules about drinking and driving before getting behind the wheel. Fatigue can impair your ability to pay attention, remember things, and coordinate your movements, all of which are necessary for safe driving. Using your phone while behind the wheel can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving. If you must use your phone while driving, invest in a hands-free Bluetooth car kit, or wait until you reach your destination to return that text or call.

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