Easter Driving Tips From Young Drivers of Canada
If you are planning a road trip this Easter holiday, Young Drivers of Canada would like to suggest some basic tips to keep your family and other motorists safe as you search for those Easter eggs.
Easter Driving Tips Approved By The Easter Bunny Himself
1. Before you venture out on the road, make sure your vehicle is in good condition to make the journey. A well-maintained car will keep drivers and their families safe. Check the oil, all fluids such as window washer and coolant to ensure they are all full and are not leaking. This simple check can make all the difference on your journey.
2. Tires that are soft or worn will provide less grip on the road. Ensure tires are inflated to the right air pressure, and the tread depth is sufficient. A quick stop at a tire shop can make all the difference in your journey. Properly inflated tires will also give you better fuel mileage.
3. Have your brakes inspected. Worn pads or low fluid levels may result in greater breaking time in the event of an emergency.
4. Wiper blades, brake lights and headlights should be in working order. In particular, law enforcement can pull you over if your lights are not working. It’s not worth the fine!
5. If you are planning a long journey, share the drive. Drivers should take a break to re-group and stretch. Sharing the drive also enables a driver to rest while the other driver takes over the driving.
6. Be realistic about travel times. Plan ahead and check your route before you begin your journey. Allow extra time for possible delays from increased traffic to avoid becoming angry or stressed. Everyone wants to get to their destination safely!
7. Maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles. Allow a minimum two-second gap between vehicles and greater distance when the roads are wet. You never know when a driver may make a sudden movement. Having space allows you to react to sudden changes in traffic and driver behaviour.
8. Do not drink and drive. If you plan on drinking, ensure you have a designated driver to get you home. Stick to the chocolate bunnies.
9. Avoid distractions while driving. Put away the cell phone and avoid driver distractions such as eating while driving, talking with passengers and adjusting electronics such as the radio and GPS. Looking away for a split second can be detrimental.
10. Remember, you are not alone on the road. Everyone is in the same boat, trying to get to a destination.
The Easter holiday weekend is a great opportunity to see family and enjoy the beginning of spring. It is also a weekend that can be stressful if you don’t plan your travels. Remember to pack your patience and egg hunting skills! Happy Easter from the Young Drivers of Canada family!