Tips for safe driving over the long weekend

August 7th, 2014 by admin

As many Canadians prepare for their excursions and road trips over the long weekend, it's a good idea to review the Insurance Bureau of Canada's (IBC) press release on safe driving practices. Some points the Bureau emphasizes are staying clear of distractions, including cell phones, and not driving when overtired. Here are some other suggestions the Bureau makes:

  • Make sure to eat something before your driving trip, so you won't be juggling the two tasks. 
  • If you need to use your cell phone, first pull to the side of the road. 
  • Create a "driving music" playlist and hit play before you start driving. 
  • Don't try to pick up a fallen item, which negatively affects your ability to maintain control over the vehicle. Wait until you have pulled over. 
  • Your GPS should be set up before your departure, and limit the amount you spend looking at it during the drive. 
  • Handle matters that can become distractions before heading out, including confirming directions on a map, adjusting seats and climate controls and familiarizing yourself with the dashboard controls. 
  • Your pets should be safely secured in the back seat, and make sure to bring treats and take stops.
  • Grooming tasks, such as applying makeup and any wardrobe changes, should be done prior to driving. 
  • If you're driving with family or an emergency situation arises, by all means pull to the side of the road. You'll be relieved to have taken care of it.

Follow these suggestions to ensure safe driving this summer. For answers to all of your auto insurance needs, contact the experts at Fundy Mutual. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you.