Safe Driving Tips

Below, we've compiled some of the best driving advice we've heard. Please feel free to contact us if you have anything to add!

Driver Communication

- Signal your intentions, not your accomplishments!

- The urge to check communication devices when alerts sound can be overwhelming. Reduce temptation by   switching your devices off or onto silent mode while driving.

- If you are in front of a truck, use your turn signals much earlier than usual, as trucks require more reaction    room.

- When someone yields their right of way or lets your vehicle into their lane, signal your thanks with a wave.

Defensive Driving

- Continuously scan the road ahead of you. In urban areas, scan the road 12 to 15 seconds ahead (about one    city block). On the highway, scan the road 20 to 30 seconds ahead (as far as the eye can see).

- Slow down any time visibility is impaired (road curves, hill crests etc.).

- Don't stay in another driver's blind spot for more than three seconds.

- When waiting to turn at an intersection, leave your wheels pointed straight ahead until you're ready to    move; this can prevent your vehicle from being pushed into oncoming traffic if you're rear ended.

Emergency Kit

Keep the following items in your vehicle at all times; they can prove invaluable during an emergency situation, and may mean the difference between being stranded for hours and getting back on the road:

- first aid kit;

- jumper cables;

- matches and/or lighter;

- emergency flares;

- motor oil and coolant;

- tire pressure gauge;

- tire inflator and sealant (ex: Fix-a-Flat);

- flashlight and extra batteries;

- pen and paper;

- jackknife;

- blankets;

- warm clothing & rubber boots;

- sand, salt, or gravel;

- a shovel;

- non/semi-perishable snacks;

- water;

- toilet paper;

- paper towels or shop cloths.