Driver safety tips

Whether you’re driving around the city or across the country, remember to keep the following safety tips in mind.

Decrease your distractions

Avoid all activities that involve removing one or two hands from the wheel, including texting, eating and drinking. Only use cell phones if you have hands-free devices, and keep driver chatter to a minimum.

Avoid driver fatigue

If you're having trouble keeping your eyes open, yawning frequently or drifting into other lanes, take a break. Driver fatigue slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases the risk of accidents.

Wear your seatbelt

Wearing a seatbelt makes you less likely to be injured in a collision and will also help prevent more serious injuries caused by being ejected from the car or if the car flips over.

Optimize your headrest position

Reduce the chances of whiplash injuries by adjusting your headrest position. Make sure the centre of the headrest is slightly above your ear, with the top at least as high as your head. Also, leave two to four inches between the headrest and back of your head.

Maintain tire pressure

Under-inflated tires build up heat, which reduces fuel economy and can lead to the tire rupturing. Over-inflated tires have less contact with the road, and can become damaged more easily. 

Check your mood

Anxiety, mood states, personality and temperament can contribute to driver distraction. Don’t drive when you’re emotional, ill or bored.