Win a $100 Young Drivers of Canada Gift Certificate


I am happy to share my love for everything road safety with you and enjoy writing these blog posts.  Now I would like to turn it over to my wonderful community of blog readers.   I would love to hear your thoughts on how the actions of drivers can make our roads safer.

One lucky person will win a $100 Young Drivers of Canada gift certificate.  This certificate is transferable and good for any of our Young Drivers Centres across the country.  There is a wide array of driver training options available from Young Drivers, whether you are a new driver, already licensed, senior driver, or corporate fleet driver.  Maybe you failed your road test, are getting ready for a G1 or G2 exit road test or just want a few driving lessons to help you feel more confident on the road.  Enter to win and this certificate will help you prepare for the road ahead with the most comprehensive safe driver training courses in Canada.

Mandatory Entry: It’s easy.  Post your answer to the following question in the comments section of this post -What driving tip would you give someone to improve their driving?

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Enter to win a $100 Young Drivers of Canada gift certificate. Contest ends March30 @YoungDrivers

This contest closes Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 11:59 EST.  The winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

Congratulations to Brenda Plowright Giovanatto!  Thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments and entries.

131 thoughts on “Win a $100 Young Drivers of Canada Gift Certificate

  1. I have ALWAYS told people my best driving tip is take a YD course! I did 10 years ago and have always been appreciative of all I learned.

    Additional entries:
    1. Liked on FB as Andrea Valenzeula
    2. Followed on Twitter as @dreag21

  2. Concentrate on your driving and the traffic. Too often drivers tend to multi-task and get distracted. Be aware of your surroundings and keep a sharp eye out for potential hazards. Defensive driving can save a life!

  3. There are lots of ‘common-sense’ things one should remember. One of the important things to remember is…..’YELLOW MEANS RED’.
    If you’re at a green light and want to turn left; if there’s no clear space to make the turn, you may, ultimately, have to wait till the light turns red…..DON’T ASSUME THE VEHICLE GOING STRAIGHT WILL STOP IF THE LIGHT IS YELLOW!!! The other senario is if you’re going straight and the light turns yellow and there’s someone waiting to turn (in front of you); let them go…YELLOW MEANS RED. I learned this from going straight (beating the light) and getting pulled over by a police officer. He didn’t give me a ticket, but told me “Yellow means red!”. I truly believe this information can save a lot of tragic accidents.

  4. Pay close attention to everything around you when driving and stay within the speed limit to maintain your safety and the safety of others in your vehicle and on the road.

  5. Always pay attention. Do not be a ‘distracted’ driver. You have to always assume the ‘other’ driver isn’t paying attention. Make sure you are! Drive defensively. Expect the unexpected.

  6. There’s no room on the road for rage & distraction. Ignore that driver fingering you, turn off that celphone, that thing lsiding off your seat well just let it slide… and keep your eyes on the road. Nothing’s worth the accident that can and will harm!

  7. Always pay attention!, not doing so if probably the number one reason for many fatalities, besides lose of control. Paying attention includes; blind spot checks, signaling, speed, etc…

  8. See. Think. Do: Look ahead, scan intersections, shoulder check. Identify hazards, monitor speed. Steer smoothly, create space so you can stop accurately and communicate with turn signals, hand signals, eye contact, brake lights and or horn.

  9. Always watch for oncoming traffic – don’t trust that they’ll stop at that stop sign or actually make that turn – they may have left their signal light on and didn’t realize it. Always be on alert for distracted drivers – they’re everywhere!

  10. Always make sure you are NOT distracted, always keep your eyes on the road and scanning looking for possible hazards. I also find stopping at the right time is something most new drivers like myself need to practice on. Lastly, signal all the time, no matter the place or time!

    Good luck,
    Patrick S.

  11. Concentrate on the road and not the distractions in your vehicle. And by concentrate, I mean actively process the images to understand your surroundings.

  12. never tailgate. We learned to leave 2 seconds between you and the car in front of you. s
    Say “one thousand and one, one thousand and two” to measure the space between you and the car ahead by starting to count as soon as they have passed a mark/spot ..take your time.

  13. Always leave yourself an out while driving -meaning make aure you always know what cars are beside you and behind you as well as in front of you. By checking your mirrors you will always be aware of an out if need be 🙂

  14. Driving is a privilege, not a right! Always respect the rules of the road, other drivers and pedestrians. One small mistake on a driver’s part, can mean a lifetime of misery for the recipient of that mistake.

  15. Since i have 2 teenagers both learning to drive I am really pushing the dont text or use your celphone when driving , and things like fussing with music or anything that takes their focus off the road .My son is starting your course this week, but i sure would love this for my daughter who will be wanting to start in the next few months

  16. Calm, confident, defensive driving is the way to safe driving. Know your rules and refresh yourself every few years. We can sometimes become lazy or over confident in our skills/knowledge, when we have been driving for years. And above all remember the road is to be shared and therefore the responsibility falls on all those who use it to keep it safe, new and old drivers alike.

  17. Be present in the moment; drive in the moment! Focus on what you are doing, what is around you and anticipate the actions of others. ” think twice. Once for the other driver”

  18. when youre in a highway near a merge, always let the other car that wants to merge into the highway smoothly drive into the highway. adjust your speed accordignly to facilitate this

  19. Avoid a collision! Take special care when turning left at intersections especially when the car you are facing is also facing left. Sometimes there is a second car hidden that will be driving straight through the intersection.

  20. My best advice as a licenced driver of 25 years (5 years of which were day-long driving related) is ….. drum roll please ….
    maintain, maintain, maintain your vehicle. Make sure to take the time and money to save on human injury, pain, and car expenses, not to mention severely increased vehicle insurance costs once the accident occurs. A well maintained car with proper safety equipment will avoid the accident in the first place – excellent braking, excellent steering, excellent handling. Don’t forget … there are roughly only 4-square feet of rubber between you and the road keeping you safe day in and day out. In harsh, icy climates, such as mine in Northern Ontario, adopt the best possible traction possible in the winter time – winter tires. Studded tires give great stability, cornering, stopping power and thus boost the defensive driving paradigm’s accident avoidance plan. Push the Gov’t / MTO to legalize studded winter tires (Scandinavian short-studs) throughout all of Ontario. At present, they are legal on vehicles registered in Northern Ontario from Oct.1 through to April 30 each year. The roads may suffer slightly (and our road construction buddies may benefit slightly in slightly more employment), but the accident avoidance is well worth it. They cost about the same as a good set of winter tires / all-seasons – who drives on all-season tires in the winter? I guess they have lots of money to burn on insurance and “spinning-tire syndrome” gas consumption.

  21. If you’ve been driving for many, many years, perhaps it’s time to test your driving skills and take a driving lesson or two. This is proactive action to ensure you are following all the rules of the road and continue to be a safe driver.
    Also, if you are new to the province or country, take a driving lesson or two. Different provinces and countries have different rules about driving. Make sure that you are not a danger to yourself and others and ensure you are aware of the rules you need to follow. Ignorance isn’t always bliss.

  22. Look before you turn a lot of people do look for people crossing the road i have come so close to being killed over 20 times well its my walk single because people fly out of no were and turn with out looking at my cross walk by my house

  23. Many Tips:

    1. Keep an eye out to avoid issues/accedents/prepare for weather changes etc.
    2. Read up on ALL new changes to the Rules. Too many drivers do not know how to use the Round-abouts! be Responsible and LEARN.
    3. Realize what you hate about other drivers “This person should do this!” and do it yourself, if you are cautious of others, be cautious of yourself.
    4. Check blind spots and use signals. Make sure everything on your car works! If your light is burnt out, Fix it!

    There is NO excuse when you are in an accident!

  24. Look ahead and use your mirrors to get the big picture around you. By looking ahead you may see that child playing on the front lawn with the ball that he may run out after. This gives you the opportunity to be prepared to stop if needed.

  25. 1. Focus on safety, slow down and take driving seriously! All of the drivers around you depend on your ability to be a safe driver.

    2. Consider the traffic intersections in your home town, and around your neighbourhood. Are you comfortable navigating those intersections? I.E. Traffic circles. Practice at low traffic times, and know the rules of the road.

  26. Don’t drive when tired! Really bad mistake… ending up in snow banks is not fun! Thankfully I was in an empty parking lot (just got my licence) could have been really bad on the road.

  27. dont think you know all the answers, just cause you now can drive – slow down and look all around you for other drivers who are careless, distracted, or just plain bad drivers

  28. Leave everything alone. Don’t text, don’t call people, don’t mess around with apps, don’t eat, don’t put on makeup, don’t head-bang to your favorite songs, don’t sleep. The road isn’t the place to be multitasking.

  29. always use common sence when it come to the weather , slow down when it’s raining or foggy, and snowing, just because it says 50km doesn’t mean that it’s safe to do so all the time.

  30. See-Think-Do Always helps! Some people forget!

    See. Scan for hazards. Pay attention to other road users and the areas where hazards could occur.
    Think. Decide which hazards are most dangerous. Think quickly about possible solutions. Decide on the safest solution.
    Do. Do manoeuvres to keep yourself and others safe

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