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Recently, Insurance Hunter posted a series of articles written by the director of Young Drivers Canada, Scott Marshall. These articles address what we should all be taking into consideration with our driving as seasons change, and as the technology in our world changes.
Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter Starts in the Fall
Every year, everyone acts as though winter has just suddenly crept up on them. They act as though they had NO IDEA it was coming. How can you not know winter is coming? How can you not be ready for winter?
Mr. Marshall’s article gives the good reminder that the best time to prepare for winter is before winter even comes. The best time to prepare, is in the fall. When the temperature starts to drop, it is time to get the winter tires on – not wait for the first snowfall! We can’t predict ahead of time when the first snow comes, so the best you can do is have your car winterized ahead of time.
Remember: If you see snow, go slow. We recently just had a pretty good amount of first snow fall where I live, and there were around 160 crashes – how many of these people were ready with snow tires, their winter driving skills put back into their driving, or a survival kit in their car for winter?
Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Not on your Phone
For some reason, some people believe they do not need to follow all of the rules. One of the big rules to come into being in the last few years, is to keep your cell phone away from you while you are driving. Unfortunately, many crashes have occurred in the last few years because drivers were distracted by their cell phones.
For some reason some people believe they are above this rule, and that their reasons for looking at their phone (or retrieving their oh so important phone from the floor) are more important than anybody else’s well-being on the road. It is up to you to ensure you are driving safely so as to not hurt yourself, or hurt anybody else. Just remember, that oh so important text message that is coming through that you just have to check could possibly be the cause of someone’s death. If you really think something important is coming through, do what Mr. Marshall says, and pull over!
Avoid Scary Driving on Halloween
This one is a little late for this year, but something to keep in mind for next year! It is so important that we all adjust our driving on nights when lots of children are out! We cannot drive the same way on Halloween as we would on any other night. Not only is it dark out, and already hard to see pedestrians, but these pedestrians are small unpredictable children – some who may not be thinking about being as safe as they should be.
One thing I’ve noticed over the last decade in residential areas, is that people are less concerned about driving safely (at appropriate speeds especially) so as to not run over children. Maybe it has something to do with less children being outside playing like we all used to, but maybe it’s just that we have become a fairly self-absorbed world (where the driver’s time and schedule and comfort is more important than being concerned about anybody else who may be out on the road?). Whatever the reason, please use more caution on Halloween night by paying more attention to your surroundings, or even just staying off the road that night!
Freeway Merging Takes More Skill than Most People Think
Mr. Marshall’s last article in this series has to do with merging on the freeway. I know when I was in driver’s ed, I was definitely taught to merge the way he has explained and I hope you all do too! I would hate for anyone to just believe they can get on something like the 401 going whatever speed they feel like doing when everyone else is going 110-120km/h.
I think also a good reminder that Mr. Marshall makes, is that if you area already on the freeway, that it is important to try and help those merging in get on safely by moving over if you can.
These articles are all extremely important reminders on ensuring our driving habits are safe. We are not just driving for ourselves out there; we are driving to protect others as well. It is important that we all have auto insurance when we drive too! Even if you follow all the suggestions in these articles, the fact that they exist prove that not everybody else is following the rules, so we need to be prepared in case anything ever happens out there! Check out Insurance Hunter, where you can get 3 quotes in 3 minutes, for more information.