Road Safety Tips

Dangerous Designed Roads Increase Accidents

  There are several cities that have designed roads which are dangerous and confusing for travelers to navigate, and therefore dangerous for drivers and pedestrians alike.   Some examples of dangerous road designs: Roads that twist, turn, and lead to dead ends. With confused drivers slowing, stopping, or turning around, it raises risks of collisions.   Roads with sudden turns are very dangerous, as drivers can’t see what is up ahead.   Roads with hidden signage or crosswalks immediately around a corner. This will not give drivers time to slow down and prevent accidents.     The question may arise, [...]

5 Tips to Avoid Colliding with Wildlife

Encountering wildlife on the road can be scary, and very dangerous. Although animals on the road are hazardous all year round, this time of year in Canada is notorious for active wildlife who are more likely to wonder from the woods onto highways and residential streets. There is nothing to be done as a driver to prevent wildlife from crossing, but there are ways in which to decrease your likelihood of hitting them. Here are 5 tips to avoid colliding with wildlife.   Avoid Peak Times Wildlife collisions are most popular at dusk or dawn, which is when deer are [...]

Thanksgiving Weekend travel Tips

Thanksgiving is a time to get together and celebrate with family. Many families are spread out across the provinces, so thanksgiving is also a time where many families travel to reunite with each other. Knowing and following proper safety tips for road travel is important for any time, but especially on holidays and long weekends where you may not have the help or maintenance you may need. Follow these 5 safety travel tips to help make your holiday voyage safe and stress-free.   Don’t Drive Drowsy Holidays are a tiring time, so you need to make sure you are wide [...]

How to Properly Use a Roundabout

Roundabouts may be daunting when approached, and their appearance may be confusing. You may wonder, do I need to stop? Should I use a turn signal? What lane should I be in? Are there even lanes?! The truth is roundabouts are a very beneficial thing to add to any city. They reduce delays and improve traffic flow, they are less expensive, long lasting, take up less space, and are overall a safer alternative to intersections.   Roundabouts typically result in a 37% reduction of collision, a 75% reduction in injury collisions, and a 90% reduction in fatality collisions. The biggest [...]

Why Majority of Auto Accidents Happen on Weekends

              Drivers should be aware that car accidents can occur, anywhere, and at any time. Regardless of your driving, there are others on the road that may not be as careful, or safe as you, so always drive defensively, and make smart and responsible decisions to minimize your risk of an accident. However, there are ways to avoid increased risk of collisions. One of these ways is to know the best time and day to be on the road.  The most dangerous time to drive during the week is the weekend according to a study done by NHTSA (National [...]

Why Pedestrian Deaths are On the Rise in Canada

  Canada is among only 7 industrialized nations in the world where pedestrian deaths are on the increase. There are many reasons for this, most being some form of irresponsible driving, but the largest reason is the lack of law enforcement.   The RCMP are not out with radar guns ready to catch speed demons, and suddenly it is considered an unwritten rule to drive at least 10km over the posted speed limit. The police cannot, and do not pull over everyone who is speeding, and councils are not reducing the speed limits in major cities, so roads have become [...]

How to Protect Children in Your Car

  Properly installing and securing your child into a car seat is important to protect your child in an accident. There are always new articles and suggestions about how to keep your child safe with the proper car seat, what positioning to place your child in, and how long children should stay in car seats. It may all seem overwhelming but doing your research and prioritizing the importance of proper car seat safety can protect your child in case of an accident.   Here are 5 of our car seat safety tips and tricks.   Know the Stages There are [...]

Pedestrian Safety Tips

Pedestrians are more at risk to undergo serious injuries if involved in a motor vehicle accident. Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere that motorists are not expecting a pedestrian to be crossing, or anywhere where motorists drive distracted. In other words, pedestrians are at risk everywhere, but there are precautions that both walkers, and drivers can take to protect pedestrians from being involved in a collision.   There is a wide variety of reasons why pedestrian accidents take place. The majority occur due to driver negligence. Some typical examples that put pedestrians at high risk are: Speeding in Residential Areas Driving [...]

Safety Tips While Driving in the Rain

In situations where you are caught in heavy rain, it is important to be prepared to adjust your driving style to maximize the safety of yourself and others. Driving in rainfall creates slick driving conditions, little visibility, and overall a difficult environment that requires caution and your full attention. Here are 5 safety tips to know and follow when driving in the rain.   Slow Down This one may be obvious, but it is one of the most important rules to follow. Not only does it reduce your chances of losing control on the road, but it also gives you [...]

10 Rules Cyclists Need to Know

Riding alongside vehicles can be dangerous if not done properly. Certain rules are important to follow as a cyclist to ensure you are keeping yourself and others as safe as possible when on the road. Here are 10 rules cyclists absolutely need to follow when riding.   Ride in the Same Direction as the Flow of Traffic It may be daunting to ride with the flow of traffic behind you, unable to see the vehicles coming your way, but it is safer. By riding with the flow of traffic, you are more likely to be seen, which gives drivers time [...]

Talking to Your Teen About Impaired Driving

Alcohol consumption alters the skills young drivers need the most, such as reaction time, vision, and judgment. Alcohol and drugs are a factor in more than half of teenage collisions, and although new drivers are taught and warned about the dangers of driving under the influence, the talk of impaired driving should begin much sooner. Teenagers learn through repetition and reinforced constructive conversations about impaired driving and responsible behavior on the road. Along with these conversations, the best way to educate at home is to lead by example.   Set a good example by drinking responsibly at home. Make it [...]

Should You Have a Dashcam?

Having an extra set of eyes on the road has its advantages, especially concerning unsafe driving and collisions. Dashcams are small video cameras mounted within a car to capture footage when driving. As drivers get to know the advantages of the dashcam, sales have been continuously increasing, storage and quality of the cameras have been improving, and prices have been dropping. Today, video surveillance is all around us, so why not incorporate it on the road. Here are 5 reasons to consider purchasing a dashcam. First-Hand Evidence of Your Car Accident Having footage of an accident will provide efficient, straight-to-the-point [...]

Avoid the Top 10 Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

When drivers fail to obey the rules of the road, pedestrians can get hurt in catastrophic, life-threatening ways. Whether you are a driver or pedestrian, knowing the 10 top reasons why pedestrian accidents occur can help you to prevent them from happening. 1. Being Distracted Drivers using their cell phones, fiddling with the radio, or even eating, are diverting their attention away from the road. Missing a crosswalk, stop sign, or veering too close to the side of the road due to negligence puts pedestrians at great risk. Driving distracted is illegal and should be avoided; just because you are [...]

Summer Safety Tips for Cyclists

Warmer weather is upon us, which calls for cyclists to strap on their helmets and hang up their car keys to begin commuting by bicycle. Biking is a great form of exercise, a great way to save money on gas, and is overall a fantastic alternative to driving around town. While learning to ride a bike is a staple in many childhoods, there is no official graduation to learning how to safely share the road with motorists. Here are bike safety tips for the summer season. Maintain Your Bicycle Breaking down on the side of the road is not only [...]

What are 5 Reasons Accident Rates Rise in the Summer?

During different seasons, there are different driving hazards to be aware of. Knowing the season's risks, will help you prepare, and avoid car accidents this summer season.   1. Road Congestion Summer is prime vacation season, with roads full of trailers, road trippers, cars packed to the brim, and teenagers driving to the beach on a hot day. A large portion of accidents happens in traffic, especially with tourists unfamiliar with the roads. The best way to avoid traffic-related accidents is to follow the posted speed, stay alert, and leave plenty of space between you and the car ahead of [...]

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