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Safety Tips for Drivers and Riders On Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Warmer months are upon us, and spring is the beginning of motorcycle season. That is why May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. The risk of death among motorcyclists is significantly higher than driving a car which is why everyone needs to take the necessary precautions. Here are some tips to safely share the road as a driver. Never Tailgate. Leave a greater distance behind motorcycles than you would for cars. Check your mirrors, and blindspot before signalling for lane changes. Pay extra attention at intersections as that is where the majority of crashes happen. Never share a lane with a cyclist, [...]

Do You Know the 10 Safety Tips For Highway Driving

  Highways are the quickest way to travel. They are a high speed multi lane road, with ramps as entrances and exits. Since the speed is higher, the driving can be more stressful and difficult. Accidents on a highway are oftentimes more serious due to the speed on impact, so drivers need to follow the proper rules of the road to reduce the risk of crashing. Here are 10 safety tips for highway driving. 1. Pick the Right Time to Drive If you're nervous or new at driving, try to avoid rush hour while driving on the highway, as there [...]

How to Reduce Accidents During Rush Hour Traffic

Traffic is extremely frustrating, but also incredibly dangerous. The more cars on the road, the higher likelihood of a traffic accident occurring. In fact, 25% of accidents throughout Canada are rear-end collisions. The danger of accidents increase when drivers are: Distracted, Fatigued, Impatient and aggressive, or Fail to obey the rules of the road. Rush hour in Canada is between 8am-9am, and between 5pm-6pm. There are a few things you can do to avoid rush hour traffic, which will reduce your chances of an accident. Plan Your Morning Waking up earlier, and getting ready the night before, reduces the chances [...]

Do You Know What to do in a Hail Storm?

If you're driving, and a hail storm hits, you should know the proper precautions to keep you, and your vehicle as safe as possible. Hail can be extremely damaging to your car, it can be dangerous to step outside unprotected, and it causes dangerous road conditions. Hail should be treated as if you are driving in heavy rain, with ice on the road. Although hail storms typically only last a few minutes, you should follow the proper precautions. Turn on your low beams Drop your speed if you continue to drive Allow 3 times the normal space you would leave [...]

5 Safety Tips for Spring Driving

Winter is over, temperatures are rising, and snow is melting, so we need to adapt to the new season and change our driving habits. Every season carries different dangers that we need to beware of. Here are 5 safety tips for spring driving. Vehicle Prep Don't be too anxious to change your winter tires. There may be sporadic snowfalls, so keep your winter tires until ambient temperatures stay above 7 degrees celsius on average. As well, replace anything that may have been damaged in the harsh winter months. 2. Water Warning Watch for spring showers that can create flooding, or [...]

When Should I Call the Police?

After an accident, especially a minor one, it may be questionable whether to call the police. However, calling the police ensures a fair and balanced report that lawyers can use later. It can also be useful determining liability. Not every accident requires police at the scene, but they must be called if any of the following is true: Anyone was injured or killed Damages look to be over $1000 dollars, or there's damage to the public or private property A pedestrian or cyclist is involved A driver is impaired A driver is uninsured or unlicensed Whether it is an accident [...]

Should You Install a Dashboard Cam

10% of Canadian drivers have joined the trend of installing a dashboard camera into their motor vehicle. A dashboard cam is a camera that continuously records the view outside, and even inside your vehicle. Once installed, it can be synced to your car ignition, and even records when motions are sensed, protecting your car from theft, hit and runs, and vandalism. What are the advantages to installing a dashboard camera? 1. Prove What Happened By having a hard copy of the accident, you can prove to the police, without a doubt what happened. Giving clear, definite footage, you can prove [...]

The Dangers of Driving High

Drug impaired driving has been illegal since 1925, however, the discussion about driving under the influence is mainly focused around alcohol. Twenty-five percent (25%) of cannabis users have reported driving while high in their past. It is important to know, and educate that driving high is illegal, and can cause serious damage. The use of Cannabis is now legal in Canada, but driving while high is illegal, and doubles the risk of a fatal, or serious injury crash. You could face consequences including a fine, criminal charges, or even jail time. Cannabis can give you a sense of euphoria, relaxation, [...]

What Parents and Teens Should Know About Young Drivers

For teens, getting their license is a key to independence. Unfortunately, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for teens. In fact, half of teens will get in an accident before graduating high school. What are some of the factors associated with teen driving accidents? Speeding; Lack of Seatbelt Use (teens have the lowest seat belt use rate); Alcohol Use; Nighttime Driving (almost half of teen fatalities occur between 9pm-6am); Weekend Driving (about half of crashes occur between Friday morning, and Sunday night); Distractions (more than half of teen drivers have admitted to using their phone while on the [...]

When is the Most Dangerous Time to Drive?

During the winter months, accidents rise by 7.4%, and 34% of those traffic incidents are rear-end collisions. The worst time of day to drive is within the first 10 minutes after 5 o'clock. Even though rush hour is 4pm-6pm, within those 10 minutes is when most rush hour accidents take place. Leaving the office even 10  minutes later can reduce the risk of an accident. Studies have shown that the afternoon rush hour (between 4pm and 6:59pm) is the most dangerous with close to 6,000 fatalities out of 37,000. On the other hand, the morning rush hour traffic (between 7am [...]

Driving in a Winter Wonderland

Driving on snowy, icy roads during a Canadian winter is all but guaranteed, so you have to be equipped with the skills, and knowledge on how to safely manage winter driving. The best way to stay safe during bad weather is to stay home, but sometimes, you have to go out. Follow these tips to remain safe while driving in a winter wonderland. 1. Slow Way Down The faster you are driving, the longer it will take you to react. On snowy and icy roads, leave yourself plenty of time to slow sown and stop. Accelerate, and decelerate slowly to [...]

What To Know About Winter Tires

In the Maritimes, winter driving often means driving on ice, snow, salt, and slush. Although winter tires are not mandatory, they are highly recommended by Transport Canada to give you a safer, more reliable ride in the winter weather. Why choose winter tires over all season tires? All season tires really mean "3 season" tires.They work safely in the fall, summer, and spring, but in freezing temperatures, the all-season rubber hardens, and loses traction. As well, a standard tread is a good fuel efficient, quiet ride for a smooth road, and is good for evacuating water from under the tread, [...]

Ten Things To Know To Winterize Your Vehicle

Maritime winter weather is always challenging, and you want to make sure your vehicle is ready to face the elements. Reduce the chance of getting stuck in a dangerous situation by following these tips to winterize your vehicle. 1. Ensure Your Lights are Working Properly In the winter, vehicles are especially hard to see on the road. You want to ensure all lights on your car are working properly in order to see and be seen. Replace any faulty headlights, or brake lights for the winter season. 2. Have a Fully Charged Battery In cold weather a depleted battery might [...]

5 Important Safety Tips for Children On Halloween

October 31st is a thrilling night for many. In the excitement of trick-or-treating, it's easy to forget about important safety precautions. Here are 5 tips you can follow to keep your children safe on Halloween night. 1. Replace your child's mask with makeup to make sure that they have a clear, unobstructed view of their surroundings. 2. Avoid dark coloured costumes as drivers may have trouble seeing them. If possible, choose brighter colours and add reflective tape. As well, write your child's name, number, and address on the inside of his/her costume. 3. Accompany your child during trick or treating. [...]

Driving Tips for Halloween

  October 31st is a thrilling night for many. In the excitement of trick-or-treating, it's easy to forget about important safety precautions. Serious accidents are more likely to occur with the combination of increased pedestrian traffic, alcohol use and parties. For this reason, it is essential that parents and motorists are aware of the safety measures that are involved in keeping everyone safe on Halloween night. According the the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), here are some statistics on Halloween. Over 50% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 4pm and midnight 28% of crash victims are pedestrians (14% on an [...]

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