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Young Drivers offers road safety tips

With Canada's first holiday weekend of the summer approaching, National Road Safety Week gears up May 16-22, to remind drivers across Canada to remember safety this summer whenever they get behind the wheel.

With Canada's first holiday weekend of the summer approaching, National Road Safety Week gears up May 16-22, to remind drivers across Canada to remember safety this summer whenever they get behind the wheel.


It is important to realize that there is a higher risk of fatality when driving during the summer months.   People think that if the weather is good, then there are fewer dangers to worry about and this is not the case.  Aggressive driving, fatigue and alcohol are often implicated in summer collisions.  Extra planning and extra care needs to be taken to avoid risk and keep safe.
Here are a few road safety tips provided by Young Drivers of Canada.  

Preventive Maintenance - There are many reasons for breakdowns, but overheated cooling systems, burned transmissions and tire problems are the most common. For best fuel economy and handling, tire pressure should be maintained close to the maximum indication on the door pillar or glove box. Checking it at least once a month and before heading out on vacation is a good idea.

Objects Inside Your Vehicle - When packing your vehicle this summer, ensure that loose objects are properly secured.  If not properly secured, they may become projectiles, which could injure or kill if flying around your vehicle.

Plan Your Route - Plan your route ahead of time using an up-to-date map. Know the name of the street prior to the one you want to turn onto.  Listen to the traffic report before you leave to reach your cottage or summer destination.  Anticipate how long your route will take and leave plenty of time to avoid stress.

Travelling with Children - Ensure the children are properly buckled in their seats before starting your drive.  Make certain that they have something to keep them occupied during the trip. It is also a good idea to pull over every two hours to have the children stretch their legs and use the restroom. 

Gravel Roads - Driving on a gravel road or any other loose surface is just as difficult as driving on snow. Some gravel roads become worn into a washboard like surface, which may cause your wheels to "skip" or dance sideways if you are driving too fast.  On a gravel road, reduce speed and drive smoothly, just as you would on ice or snow.

Night Driving - On a dark highway, driving at the speed limit using low beams does not provide you with enough time to stop when your lane is blocked. For this reason, switch to high beams as soon as you are able.  When you switch to low beams for approaching vehicles, switch them back to high beams just as the approaching vehicle is passing because this is the worst time to spot a problem.