- With Spring Comes Potholes At this time of year, the snow and ice of winter has left our roads in rough shape. The freezing and thawing of moisture creates potholes.
When you hit a pothole you can damage your tire and/or the metal wheel of your vehicle. Keeping your tires properly inflated will help reduce damage from potholes and other road hazards.
- See and be seen - Remove all snow from your vehicle's hood, roof, windows and lights. Clear all windows of frost and fog. If visibility becomes poor, find a place to safely pull off the road as soon as you can. It's best to stop at a rest area or exit the roadway and take shelter in a building.
- Spring Driving - Avoid driving through large puddles. We all enjoy a good splash, but speeding through large puddles may affect your brakes, cause your car to swerve, impair the vision of other motorists and drench innocent pedestrians.
- There are more commercial vehicles on Canada's roads now than ever before. These vehicles can be up to 40 times heavier than an average car and take more than twice the distance to stop. Avoid cutting in front of trucks or braking suddenly in front of them. When you are in the driver's blind spot, move through quickly and never pass on the right, where the blind spot is even larger. If you can't see the driver's face in their side mirror, they can't see you.
- Each year, 25 per cent of deaths and 40 per cent of serious injuries from vehicle collisions occur while at an intersection. Be careful, even when you have the right of way, and remember to treat a non-working traffic light like a four-way stop.
- No matter how many technology and safety features your vehicle has, the laws of physics cannot be changed. Don't overestimate your vehicle's capabilities or your own driving ability. Assess road conditions and drive at an appropriate speed, to ensure that you will arrive at your destination safely.
- Don't make assumptions about what other drivers are going to do. The only thing you can assume about another driver with a turn signal on is that he has a turn signal on. He might not be turning at all and forgot to turn it off the last time he used it or has changed his mind.
- Buckle Up - Seat belts are the most effective means of saving lives and reducing serious injuries in traffic accidents. They're also the law! So...don't put it in drive until all occupants have fastened their seat belts.
- Make sure your windshield is clean. At sunrise and sunset, light reflecting off your dirty windshield can momentarily blind you from seeing what's going on.
- Use headlights during daylight driving, especially on long stretches of highway and rural roads to make you more visible to oncoming drivers.