Driving School Contest

**THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED**

The new year is here.  How will you prepare for the road ahead in 2013? 

Young Drivers would like to help make 2013 a happy and safe one for you.  Enter our blog contest now and one lucky person will win a $100 Young Drivers of Canada gift certificate.

Whether you are a new driver, are already licensed, looking for winter driving help, want to go for your driving test or need help to get over your driving fears this new year, Young Drivers has driving classes that will get you driving defensively in 2013.   There are a variety of options at our driving school for drivers of all ages and skill level.

This $100 Young Drivers of Canada certificate is transferable and good for any of our Young Drivers Centres across the country.

Mandatory Entry: It’s easy.  Post your answer to the following question in the comments section of this post – What driving tip do you have that will help make our roads safer in 2013?

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This contest closes Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 11:59 EST.  If you’re looking for inspiration, be sure to check out our New Years post on driving too. The winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

**Thank you to all for entering.  Congratulations to winner Elaine Jasvins**

223 thoughts on “Driving School Contest

  1. Always be aware of other drivers, traffic lights, pedestrians and any hazards. Keep your eyes moving, checking your blind spot often. If you are aware of what is around you at all times, you will then make informed decisions with regards to your driving and all those around you will be safer for it.

  2. As a life time pedestrian, I would say that drivers need to pay attention. I can’t count how many times I have had close encounters because drivers are in a rush or not paying attention.

  3. People need to stop trailing so close behind each other! Too many drivers like to ride close to the bumper…its unnecessary and recipe for disaster! Especially in slippery conditions!

  4. Always be aware of the people around you and what they are doing. Make sure your vehicle is properly equipped for the conditions, and drive for the conditions especially. Be aware of your stopping distance, it increases in the snowy icy road conditions.

    If the conditions are just that bad and you can drive another day, stay inside instead of driving and risking your life or the lives of other people in bad driving conditions.

    Liked on facebook (Mason Butler)
    And retweeted on twitter (bnosam)

  5. Mandatory entry I will never text and drive and I will spread the word. I will also be sure that I have my seatbelt on, no distractions and my windows are cleared of all snow and ice.

  6. I have liked on Facebook
    Pinned to PinInterest
    Followed on Twitter and tweeted a message
    My tip for any young driver is understanding commentary drive and being aware of steering high and seeing what is in front of you to enable you to see what you are approaching and what potential hazards there are. Also understanding the 2 second rule of point of no return when approaching a traffice light. When you are 2 seconds from the intersection, regardless if the light changes to yellow, you should make the conscious decision to proceed as you are now at the polint of no return. To stop now at 2 seconds from interesection you are creating a potential for the car behind you to hit you.

  7. Liked and following on Facebook (Sara LB)
    Following on Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/saralimabranco/)
    Following on Twitter (QueridaSara) and have tweeted https://twitter.com/QueridaSara/status/287283831323643907

    My hint; please, be aware! Be aware of the weather, or other drivers, pedestrians, animals and children! Remember your training.

    Would love to win; don’t have a license yet, so my resolution this year is to get my learners before I turn 30! (I’m lame!)

  8. Winter driving can be dangerous. Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Keep all your fluids topped up and your tires weather worthy.

  9. Please please PLEASE leave your phone alone while driving. Just yesterday I saw someone nearly run down because the driver was talking on their cell while turning a corner, and not seeing the pedestrian in their “blind spot”.

    • When driving in the dark and bright lights from oncoming cars blind you look to the white line on the right side of the road instead of the car lights coming towards you.

  10. To be a good driver you must first know how to be a pedestrian and get the scoop. When you know how you’ll understand better and tolerate a lot more patience and more!

  11. While driving , be sure to always be comfortable with your vehicule. I have made a circuit full obstacles to know what the capabilities of my vehicule are as in total width , steering at a wide variety of speeds and how to control drifts when lost control. Read your owners manual to find out what safety features your car is equipped with and how to use them.

  12. Ensure your car is prepared for Winter driving conditions; a good set of winter tires, snow brush and scraper, lots of washer fluid and always ensure your car is clear of snow and frost prior to driving!

  13. It can be difficult to see around a large SUV, when making a left turn at a traffic light, because the view of on-coming traffic behind the SUV may be obscured. On rainy nights, in this situation, I look for the reflection of any approaching vehicle’s headlights, off the wet road, under the SUV. Not seeing the reflection doesn’t mean that this isn’t an oncoming vehicle, but seeing the reflection means that there is something I need to be aware of.

  14. When driving, always stay calm and relaxed and don’t stress. Also, never run a yellow light unless you cannot stop safely, and you can NEVER shoulder check too much!

  15. Look at where you want your car to be (i.e. in the middle of the lane) and don’t focus too much on the other lanes/cars coming towards you. This will help keep you driving in the middle of your lane.

  16. Look ahead 2-3 cars to see what is happening, anticipate slow downs and pedestrians and avoid rear ending someone. When it is raining, look under the car in front of you and you can see brakelights go on in the traffic ahead and reflected in the rain

  17. When turning use the hand over hand technique because it allows you to make a smooth and safe turn especially when approaching intersections and when having to make that tricky left turn.

  18. Make you stay alert to other drivers and pedestrians, stay off your phone’s and be cautious when the road conditions deteriorate! Never let yourself get distracted and drive on auto-pilot!

  19. You shoulder check when you change lanes or turn a corner, but do you remember to shoulder check when turning out of a parking lot? I see a lot of motorists turn out of parking lots without looking for pedestrians crossing at the corner. Safe driving applies to parking lots too!!

  20. From completely young drivers this past summer, I’ve learned caution is key! (this is my first winter driving!) if you’ve double checked something, triple check it and “keeping it slow” is key.

  21. Make sure all mirrors, steering wheel and seat are adjusted correctly. There nothing worse than trying to be a good driver while uncomfortable or unable to see out of the mirrors. Take your time getting situated before driving.

  22. Never assume people will stop at a stop sign! Be sure to come to a complete stop, and look around before you proceed. (ESPECIALLY in the winter when roads are slick.)

  23. It doesn’t matter if you “know” there’s something behind you or not. ALWAYS check your blind spot! You will never know how many times there is actually something coming up from behind!

  24. As well as doing a pre-trip Vehicle check, do a pre-trip Personal check to make sure you are in the right condition to drive. Preventing: road-rage, intoxicated driving, and any other distractions that might cause collisions.
    -Followed on twitter @naomilbDancer and Liked on Facebook.

  25. As well as doing a pre-trip Vehicle check, do a pre-trip Personal check to make sure you are in the right condition to drive. Preventing: road-rage, intoxicated driving, and any other distractions that might cause collisions.

  26. Look where you want to go, if its on a long stretch of road the horizon of the road will guide you to where you want to go. Check your mirrors and don’t derp just drive.

  27. My driving tip is to keep both hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road. I follow on Facebook (Wil Schmor), twitter (theschmor), and tweet we’d and did a Facebook status

  28. Always leave a couple car lenghts between you and the car ahead of you. Then you have room to stop, should they brake suddenly.
    I’ve also liked the FB page, and followed the Pinterest page 🙂

  29. when a situation comes up just remeber to remain calm and not over react you make its worse if you panick thank you to young drivers i am now a full time driver and extremly coffident on the road remember your instructors tips and lessons they will help you they have helped me avoid many accidents already driving work trucks all day every day

  30. Slow down if you’re being tail-gated – they will not have the reaction time to stop if you do, so you’ll need to factor that in if you have to make an emergency stop for any reason.

  31. I think what will make our roads safer for the new year is to always stay focused on your driving and others around you. Always moving your eyes and being alert. Follow all road rules and adjust your driving to the road conditions.

  32. In 2013 to make our roads safer you should avoid driving in unsafe weather conditions especially in the winter months and wait till the weather improves before you go out on the road. Also make sure your car is ready for the conditions you’ll be driving in and drive safe.

  33. Always plan your route before leaving for your destination, instead of doing so while driving. This allows you to remain focused and alert to present driving conditions and remain confident in your abilities. I find it helpful when planning a route to imagine my destination and then work backwards toward my origin.

  34. Adjust your speed according to road conditions, be alert and keep your eyes moving. If possible, plan a route before leaving and always try to maintain a stagger.

  35. Don’t text/talk & drive……..EVER! Move your eyes every 2 seconds to be fully aware of what is going on around you & avoid becoming drowsy/complacent while driving.

  36. Keep Space!!!!

    Over 90% of all collisions are caused by driver error. In order to stay out of collisions you need to keep space around your vehicle at all times. Keep a space cushion in front, behind and on both sides in order to always have an escape route open and be prepared to use it.

    Oh, an I follow you on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. 🙂

  37. Check your mirrors before stopping or slowing down so that you know what is behind you. This will decrease the chances of a nasty rear-end collision. This is especially applicable when the weather conditions are snowy/icy – if someone’s tailgating you and you forget to glance at your mirror before reducing speed or stopping… crash and smash.

  38. A damn useful trick for driving in snow is to put your vehicle into a lower gear. The wheels will turn slower and have more traction so you won’t bottom out when trying to do a do a multi-point turn or whathaveyou in deepish snow. This works for backing out of a garage and turning to face out of a driveway as well, going up hills and pretty much every other type of snowy terrain is made safer by this.

  39. When driving in the city and an intersection (lights) are down and a cop is directing traffic always follow the cops nstruction over the normal rules of the road. Also if it is the same scenario only without the cop, treat the intersection like a four way stop!

  40. When you are waiting at an intersection and the light turns green, wait and make sure the traffic has stopped in both directions, BEFORE you go forward and enter the intersection. By doing this I have saved myself from a fatal accident many times because people have run the red light because they have been on their cell phone or various other reasons.

  41. Allways signal and sholder check before you start to move because you will never have seen that car in your blind spot before you hit him/ her. I will also like you on facebook right after im finished with this.

  42. Look right, look left, and look right again! (As a lifelong pedestrian I can’t tell you the number of times i’ve nearly been hit by drivers trying to make a right at a red light simply because they didn’t look!)

    Also – Put your cell phone away!!! – Keep your eyes on the road!!

  43. Be aware of cyclists, as a cyclist I get cars swerving on front of me all the time. And yes, lots of cyclists are unsafe but as a smart cyclist cars should be respectful.

  44. Never go faster than you feel comfortable. Snow means slow!!
    If someone is tail-gating you and there is a safe place to pull over, then pull over and let them pass you.
    You are the boss of your vehicle when you’re behind the wheel, don’t drive until everyone has their seat-belt on and stop the car (safely) if they’re making too much noise or goofing around.

  45. Proper vehicle maintenance is just as important to safe driving as the actions you take on the road. Do a simple circle check around the car to look for any fluid leaks, any obvious damage to the vehicle. Check tire pressure regularly, especially in winter. Have a tire gauge in the glove box. Driving with properly inflated tires is better for fuel economy as well as safety. Make sure all snow and ice has been removed from the car as well. Check engine oil level regularly (every time you fill up) and especially in winter, check windshield wiper fluid level, and coolant level. Have the car regularly serviced, and don’t ignore the warning lights in the dashboard! Also check lights regularly, and turn on your lights when it’s dark, rainy, snowy or foggy to increase visibility, especially in winter driving.

  46. Most accidents are avoidable. Make it a point to consider what the other person is thinking in the other vehicle, whether at an intersection, passing, etc. With this in mind, and in many cases, another driver’s actions are predictable. Then, instinctivley, always be thinking about what the other driver ‘might’ do and what you will do in response.
    Take this into account and I guarantee that you will avoid several mishaps in your driving lifetime.

  47. Something I would recommend for a safer driving experience in 2013 is NOT drinking and driving. This accounts for many accidents and deaths worldwide. It is unsafe, irresponsible and causes danger to yourself and other innocent individuals. I would also suggest that before going through an intersection after the light turns green, I would suggest waiting about 4 seconds to make sure that everyone coming in the opposite direction is stopped completely. You never know when a drunk driver or someone who is texting on their phone will not be paying attention.

  48. Plan ahead and give yourself enough time to get to your destination! I’m constantly seeing people on the roads weaving in and out of traffic and speeding because they’re in a big rush. Risk your life to save a loved one in trouble, not to catch the 1:30 showing of some lame movie…

  49. Get rid of distractions such as phones, make-up, fiddling with the radio. Follow at a safe distance. Follow the speed limit. Check your mirrors often. Watch for pedestrians. Make sure the way is clear before changing lanes, turning, or proceeding through a traffic light. Most importantly– BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS!

  50. Even if you think you’re a good driver so you can drive fast, because “you can handle it” you never know how well or what conditions other drivers are driving in. It’s not just about who is right and wrong… It’s uktimately about who is safe.

  51. Distracted driving is a big issue that I think if was solved would make the roads safer in 2013. So if people would not use there iPods, cell phones or other electronic devices I believe we would not be so distracted.

  52. During unfavorable weather conditions reduce your speed…yes… but too drastically. Driving way too slow can cause an accident as much as driving too fast can. Slow and Steady …. not backwards 😉

  53. Winter tip: always scrape the ice, snow, sleet, freezing rain, etc. off your windows before you drive and wait until all the fog clears before driving!

    Liked on Facebook and following on Twitter (@365sonnets)! 🙂

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