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10 Things New Motorcycle Riders Should Know

July 5, 2021|

As a new motorcycle rider, there is a lot of information to take in, and it can be easy to overlook some of the basic things. Read on for a compiled list of 10 things new motorcycle riders should know before hitting the road. Use Both Brakes It takes much practice to master the skill of intuitively knowing what break to use in different situations. As a beginner, it is important to use both brakes when coming to a stop no matter the conditions. As a rule of thumb, 70/30 pressure should be applied for a controlled, [...]

15 Things To Do After An Accident

May 31, 2021|

If injured in an accident, it is important to take all the necessary precautions for your health, and for the benefit of your claim. Here are 15 things to do after an accident. Inform your family doctor of your injuries. Call a lawyer for a free meeting to better understand your rights, obligations, and options. Report the accident to your insurance company, and ask them to send you the accident benefits forms. Fill out and send the required accident benefits forms to your insurance company. Keep copies. Do not speak or meet with insurance adjusters or claim [...]

5 Top Ways to Avoid an Accident

May 17, 2021|

Defensive driving us being ready for any scenario, protecting yourself, as well as others by minimizing the risk of accidents, and preparing for potential hazards. Here are 5 important tips to driving defensively. 1. Put Safety First Always leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you; this will give you more time to react. Lock your doors and wear your seatbelt to protect you from being thrown from the car in a crash. Don't drive aggressively, it will put you in a stronger position to deal with other people's bad driving. 2.Always [...]

What are the 3 Dangers for Motorcycle Riding in the Spring?

May 10, 2021|

Spring is among us, and with the warmer weather, motorcycles are back on the road. Spring brings different dangers to driving that motorcyclists should be aware of. The 3 things motorcyclists should watch out for during the spring season is getting caught in spring rain, potholes, and wildlife crossing. 1. Riding in the Rain If done safely, riding your motorcycle in the rain can be a very enjoyable experience. The first priority however must be safety. If you know you will be riding in the rain, try to wear as much waterproof gear as possible. When driving [...]

Safety Tips for Drivers and Riders On Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May 3, 2021|

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 [...]

Do You Know the 10 Safety Tips For Highway Driving

April 26, 2021|

  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 [...]

How to Reduce Accidents During Rush Hour Traffic

April 19, 2021|

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, [...]

Do You Know What to do in a Hail Storm?

April 12, 2021|

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 [...]

5 Safety Tips for Spring Driving

April 5, 2021|

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 [...]

Do You Know the 15 Things To Do At An Accident Scene?

March 22, 2021|

Getting into an accident involving a car, motorcycle, bike, or pedestrian is scary. Knowing what to do at the scene of an accident can help you in the long run. Here are 15 things to do at the scene of an accident. Get help for anyone injured. Don't move the victim. Keep the injured person warm. Do not move your car unless it is blocking oncoming traffic. Warn approaching traffic - don't let one accident cause another. Call an ambulance if you think someone may be seriously hurt. Call the police if someone is injured, or if [...]

5 Tips To Staying Safe This St. Patrick’s Day

March 8, 2021|

Saint Patricks Day is the most popular holiday for drinking and going out to bars. This leads to more drunk driving, and alcohol related accidents. If you plan to drink, be prepared and safe for the well-being of you, and everyone around you. Here are some tips on staying safe this St. Pattys Day. Have a Designated Driver Designate yourself, or a friend to be the designated driver for the group. Make sure to plan ahead so you aren't caught in a situation where everyone has had a drink. While drunk, you may think you are suitable [...]

What Parents and Teens Should Know About Young Drivers

February 1, 2021|

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 [...]

Why Do Wrong Way Accidents Occur

January 25, 2021|

Everyday drivers trust and assume that other drivers will follow, and know the rules of the road. But even a simple wrong turn can be catastrophic. Seeing headlights coming towards you on a highway is a scary sight, especially when those headlights are in the same lane as you. Wrong was accidents are a less common type of accident, but extremely dangerous and sometimes fatal. So why do wrong was accidents occur? Although signs, barriers, and medians help, wrong way accidents still occur, especially if there is unclear signage, or drivers are unfamiliar with the city. These [...]

When is the Most Dangerous Time to Drive?

January 18, 2021|

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 [...]

How to Avoid the 5 Common Factors for Serious Car Accidents

January 11, 2021|

  In Canada, there are roughly 2,000 fatalities each year from road traffic crashes. In fact, road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death in young people between 5 and 29 years old.   However, you can take the right steps to help prevent injury and death. The common factors leading to fatalities and serious injuries are impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, and unsafe road infrastructure. 1. Impaired Driving Driving impaired means driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. It is the leading criminal cause of death [...]

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