Long Weekend Driving Tips
For thousands of motorists across the country, the Victoria Day long weekend is the official kickoff to the summer. Motorists are heading to cottage country, road trips, and hauling boats to marinas. Drivers and passengers pile into vehicles and pull boats, ATV’s and other forms of watercraft behind them. With all this additional vehicular traffic, drivers will ultimately become frustrated as they get caught in traffic congestion. A frustrated driver can often lead to collisions, road rage, and close calls.
Young Drivers of Canada suggests that drivers remember the following tips to ensure the long weekend turns out to be a safe and collision free journey.
1. Long weekend traffic will be slow moving. Don’t expect to get to your destination in the normal amount of time. There are going to be more cars on the road which means slower driving. Don’t get angry because of it.
2. Avoid driving aggressively. Avoid acceleration and hard braking. It is hard on your vehicle and on the drivers who are around you.
3. Pick and lane and stay in it. Traffic flow won’t be any different in another lane. You are driving in traffic, and it will be slow in any lane you pick. You will be moving slowly. Weaving in and out of traffic lanes won’t get you any further. What it may do is cause a fender bender has drivers react to the sudden actions.
4. Avoid tailgating. With inconsistent traffic flow, drivers may be forced to brake suddenly. Leave space in the event a driver suddenly stops as a result of traffic. With space, drivers will have some distance to be able to spot in the event of a sudden change in traffic flow.
5. Secure your load, including trailers or items that you may be towing behind your vehicle. Ensure the trailer has functioning lights that indicate a driver’s intention, including braking and changing lanes. Make sure the tires are in good working order and inflated to the correct tire pressure. Keep an eye on the tow load by installing trailer tow mirrors that will help keep a visual on your road. Avoid over packing the interior of your vehicle. Ensure driver’s sight lines are clear and free of objects.
6. Avoid driver distractions. Turn off any smartphones or let passengers answer calls or texts. Avoid adjusting the GPS and radio while driving. Driving distracted and traffic don’t mix.
If you want to avoid traffic, consider starting your journey before everyone else. If you have the opportunity to leave early, do so. Young Drivers of Canada wants to remind drivers to drive safe this first long weekend of the start of the summer season!