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Drive Wise

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Driving demands your full attention every time you get behind the wheel. Everybody knows a good driving record pays.

  • FACT: At 60 km/h your car travels 50 meters, half a football field in just 3 seconds.
  • Eat before you get on the road. If you have to eat behind the wheel choose bite sized foods. Drinks should be in spill proof containers that fit your beverage containers.
  • Review all maps at home before going on the road.
  • Hold all your calls
  • If you must discipline your children, pull safely off the road and do your thing. You can't be a safe driver and be an angry parent at the same time.
  • Ask your passengers to do all the other things like change the music, read the map and give directions, tend to children, make or take phone calls.
  • If you are in the vehicle with a distracted driver, ask them if they need help or tell the "We should take a break".
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  • Daytime driving lights are used for anytime driving during the day.
  • As simple as it is to put your daytime lights on it could end up saving your life.
  • It is easier to see other cars when they have their daytime lights on, this can also reduce the number of collisions as well because it is easier to see how fast oncoming traffic is coming.
  • Vehicles passing and changing lanes are more noticeable when they have there daytime running lights on.
  • Some vehicles have automatic sensors that turn the running lights on automatically.
  • Other automatic systems use low voltage during the day, this also greatly extends the lamp life.
  • Daytime running light can be purchased from an automotive parts supplier.
  • Some concerns are that there is too much glare with daytime lights, while studies show that lights do not create glare for oncoming traffic.
  • Vehicles driving with lights on will stand out a lot better than a car without their lights on so they may be masked
  • If you forget to turn off your lights it could potentially drain your battery and leave it dead. Install a warning to remind you to turn off your lights
  • Since 1990 all new cars were equipped with daytime driving lights.
Watch for Wildlife
  • cp39.jpgCollisions with wildlife can result in serious injury or death
  • Out of every 18 motor vehicle collision one has a wild animal involved.
  • Wild animals are very unpredictable, but there are two peak times when you are most likely to have a collision, in May and June when animals are seeking road salt in ditches and trying to avoid biting insects.
  • Some places in Ontario have more wildlife collisions than any other areas.
  • Ontario really stepped up to reduce the amount of wildlife collisions, like installing fencing on major highways, removing brush to increase visibility, and installing highway lighting to improve visibility
  • If you see wildlife on the side of the road, slow down and pass with caution.
  • Use high beams if possible and watch for glowing eyes.
  • Never swerve as it can cause you to spin out of control.
  • Watch your speed and drive slower at night.
  • Brake firmly if an animal is on the road; do not assume that they are going to move.

For more information visit www.mto.gov.on.ca

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  • Waiting for an ambulance or an emergency vehicle can seem like its taking hours.
  • The biggest problem for emergency vehicles is weaving in and out of traffic. If other drivers don't yield for emergency vehicles then you can be charged but it also takes a lot longer to get to the scene of an accident.
  • On a multi lane highway you still must pull over to the right for an emergency vehicle.
  • The safest thing to do is pull over to the right and come to a stop.
  • When an emergency vehicle is approaching from behind do not go to the left, pull to the right and come to a complete stop until it has passed.
  • While driving glance at your mirrors often to ensure there is no emergency vehicles passing.
  • Don't slam the brakes - signal to the right and gradually slow down.
  • Never try to out run an emergency vehicle or follow too close, don't follow within 150 meters.
  • To increase safety, Ontario's Highway Traffic Act, Section 159.1 now requires motorists to slow down and pass with caution when approaching a police unit, or fire and ambulance vehicle.
  • If the road has two or more lanes, the motorist must move over into another lane, if it can be done safely.
  • For your first offence- $400 to $2,000, plus 3 demerit points upon conviction.
  • Second Offence (within 5 years) - $1,000 to $4,000, possible jail time up to 6 months and possible suspension of driver's licence for up to 2 years
  • Always pull off to the side and let them pass when lights are flashing.