National Safe Driving Week: Dec. 1-7, 2020
2020-12-01 19:15 PST
December 1-7, 2020 is National Safe Driving Week and a time to reminder everyone of the importance of safe driving.
With winter weather upon us and the festive season around the corner, safe driving means being aware of your surroundings, having your vehicle prepared for winter conditions and always being alert and driving sober.
Although always important, it is during week’s like this that the BC RCMP again remind you to review our safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road, now and always.
Drive Defensively and Avoid Aggressive Driving:
Maintain a safe distance behind other vehicles to give yourself time to stop safely, exercise caution when reversing, changing lanes and turning and stay out of other vehicle’s blind spots. Obey all signs and signals - including speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs and railway crossings. Don’t create undue risk or endanger other road users by tailgating, closing gaps to prevent merging, driving erratically, speeding, changing lanes in an unsafe manner, and yelling or gesturing at others.
When encountering an aggressive driver:
- DO recognize that every driver makes mistakes from time to time. Calm yourself by talking through the situation, call 911 (if the situation is warranted and you are in a safe location), count to 10, breath and relax.
- DON’T get angry, gesture or yell back, or reciprocate the high risk driving behavior.
Shift into Winter with these preparation tips:
- Make sure all four of your tires are winter rated and in good condition. Remember, our highways with high mountain passes require winter tires or chains starting on October 1st;
- Pack an emergency kit for your vehicle. This should include non-perishable food, scraper/snowbrush, flashlight, flares, shovel and traction mat, sand, or kitty litter, jumper cables, and extra clothes or a blanket;
- Be seen. When it’s a dark wintery day, or it’s raining or snowing, turn on your headlights. (Remember: taillights don’t activate when you have your daytime running lights on);
- Drive for the conditions. The posted speed limit is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. If it’s raining, snowy or icy, drop your speed to match the road conditions;
- Plan your route and let someone know. If you’re planning a trip make sure plan your route, check road conditions and let someone know about it.
Learn more about winter tires and safe winter driving tips here.
Distracted Driving is preventable. Avoid distracted driving with these tips:
- Leave your phone alone and minimize potential distractions before you head out on the road.
- Plan your route and secure your pets.
- Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.
- Even the sound of an incoming email or text can be distracting; turn off your phone and put it out of reach.
Impaired driving continues to be one of the leading causes of death on our provincial roadways. Whether impaired by drugs or alcohol, driving under the influence of anything is completely preventable.
With social distancing still in effect, if you choose to celebrate please use these tips to get home safe:
- If you plan to drink or consume anything that may cause impairment, leave your car at home
- Plan ahead to travel by public transit or taxi – masks are mandatory, always bring one with you.
It is always important to drive safe as is not only impacts you but those around you. Please review these tips to stay safe on the road as road safety is everyone’s responsibility.
BC RCMP Communications
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