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Apr 25, 2024

3 min. read

4 Road Safety Basics to Remember This Summer

Image courtesy of Valerii Apetroaiei (Adobe Stock)

With more vehicles, cyclists and motorcyclists on the road this time of year, we could all use some timely reminders to stay safe out there. Here are a few to keep in mind:

Stay focused

Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions, like using your phone, and always check your blind spot before changing lanes or turning.

Buckle up

Summer dress codes may be casual, however, the need for seat belts is anything but. Proper use of seat belts, child car seats and booster seats is the most effective way to prevent vehicle-related injuries.

Plan your way

Before you head out, familiarize yourself with your route to help avoid surprises. Use a GPS and share your plans with someone ahead of any long trips. Always follow the posted speed limit.

Slow Down Move Over

The busy summer driving season means more activity on the roads. You must slow down and, if there’s space, move over one lane on multilane roads when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle or tow truck with flashing lights.

  • While helping stranded motorists, emergency workers and tow truck drivers are struck and killed by oncoming traffic every year.

  • Drivers must slow down to 60 km/h in 80 km/h or higher speed zones, or 40 km/h if the speed limit is less than 80 km/h. Fines for not complying with this law can, upon conviction, range from $300 to $2,000 and two demerit points, along with a possible suspension of your driver’s license for up to one year.

  • HAAS Alert sends CAA-specific warnings via popular traffic and navigation apps. These alerts remind drivers to slow down and move over when there’s a vehicle breakdown or a CAA tow truck ahead.

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