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Route to Becoming a Better Driver in 2020

By Web Developer
In January 6, 2020
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2020 is here! We believe an attainable new year’s resolution is “become a better driver”. All roads lead to being road-ready with the right Access Roadside Assistance coverage when we need it most.

Maybe this year you have planned road trips and family holidays overseas. We are everywhere- In an unfamiliar city, there is no need to worry about who you should call. Access Roadside Assistance pre-qualifies all of our providers to make sure our members receive quality assistance no matter where in the world they are.

There are 5 things we know we want to improve on. Let us know if you agree or can suggest some other tips.

  1. Prepare your vehicle
  2. Keep your passengers safe
  3. Drive defensively
  4. Stay alert
  5. Share the road
  1. Prepare your vehicle

Before leaving on vacation, have your vehicle checked to make sure everything is working properly. Repair or replace worn parts to avoid the worry and time-consuming costly repairs that could ruin your trip. Check fluid levels and tire pressure. Make sure all lights work, including signal lights. Gas prices change by municipality sometimes by as much as 15 cents a litre. Check out prices before you drive. 

2. Keep your passengers safe

Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up properly at all times. Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to keep yourself and your passengers safe while on the road. If you are travelling with young children, make sure to make regular stops. Bring plenty of items to keep them occupied. Special travel games and songs also help.

3. Drive defensively

Drive at a safe speed. Speeding increases the likelihood and severity of a crash. The faster a vehicle is moving, the less time the driver has to react to a hazard, and for other road users to react to that vehicle. A speeding vehicle requires more time and distance to stop. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead. Apply the three second rule so you can see around the car ahead and plan a manoeuvre to avoid potential dangers, add more time if you have a heavier vehicle, and in poor weather conditions. It is estimated that 85 per cent of collisions are preventable. But simply being in the right will not save you from injury or death. You must be prepared for the unsafe actions of other motorists or for poor driving conditions.

  • Obey all signs and signals, including speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs and railway crossings. Do you know your road signs?
  • If you drive with a wireless phone, avoid unnecessary calls and always make the driving task your top priority.
  • Absolutely never drink and drive.
  • Obey all signs and signals, including speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs and railway crossings. Do you know your road signs?
  • If you drive with a wireless phone, avoid unnecessary calls and always make the driving task your top priority.
  • Absolutely never drink and drive.
  • Could you pass your L test again? Test yourself

4. Stay alert

People often travel long distances when they go on vacation. This creates a temptation to keep driving for extended periods even when tired. On top of this, routes can be quite monotonous, another factor that can make a driver sleepy. Get a good sleep before leaving on a long trip. Fatigue is a form of impairment; so don’t give in to that temptation to push on. If you started early, stop early. Rest stops are important. A break keeps the driver alert by promoting blood circulation, makes the trip more pleasant for passengers and lets the vehicle cool down. Did you know that you can get a list of rest stops in your area? Just ask Google.

5. Share the road

With the colder winter weather, comes the prevalence of vulnerable roads users. Motorists must be cautious of cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Always be on the lookout for and yield to vulnerable road users, even if they don’t have the right-of-way. Summer also brings increased construction on our roads and highways. Be prepared to stop or slow down in construction zones.

Don’t forget to “accessorize” your 2020 vehicle with an Access Roadside Assistance Membership. Call us at 1-866-224-5989 to learn more.

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