Tips to Avoid High Risk Driving this Holiday Season

Tuesday December 20, 2016

Category: Driving Tips

The holiday season is a busy time of the year for Ontario drivers. Many of us will spend more time in our vehicles getting the last of our holiday shopping completed and travelling to visit family and friends.

With the increased road activity, the Ontario Provincial Police often increase their presence on the roads to help keep drivers and passengers safe.

If you’re planning on getting behind the wheel this holiday, don’t wait for the New Year to make your safe driving resolutions. Stay safe and avoid costly insurance mistakes by following these holiday safety tips:

Don’t Drink and Drive

Each year, the Ontario Provincial Police launch their holiday R.I.D.E program with the goal of encouraging safe driving and keeping Impaired Drivers off the road. Impaired Driving can affect your insurance rate for years to come. If you’re planning to attend a holiday celebration, avoid alcohol or plan a safe ride home by taking transit or using a designated driver.

If you’re planning to host a holiday party and serve alcohol, arrange safe rides home for your guests or allow guests to stay the night. Remember, if a guest leaves your celebration impaired and causes damage or injury to someone else, you may be held responsible. If you’re unsure about your liability as the event host, call your insurance broker for more information.

Avoid Driving Tired

With all of the holiday shopping and social events, this time of year can be exhausting. Did you know that driving tired is a major cause of accidents during the holiday season? At-fault accidents are another High Risk Driving factor that can cause your insurance rates to rise.

If you’re feeling sleepy, take time to rest before heading out on the road. According to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, your drowsiness can put you at risk if you begin to experience any of the following:

Avoid Distracted Driving

It can be tempting to return your friend’s holiday texts or call your friends and family while behind the wheel. However, distracted driving is another bad habit that can prevent you from getting the best insurance rates. Not only can you be charged for Distracted Driving in Ontario, you may cause an accident. You could be face a Careless Driving charge if you endanger other people while Distracted Driving. So, keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road this holiday season.

Don’t Speed

Speeding is another common infraction around the holidays. Being sure to leave plenty of time to complete your holiday shopping. And, plan your road trips well in advance so that you won’t feel the need for speed on the roads this holiday season. Speeding tickets can put you on a fast track to high insurance rates. So, avoid the headache and obey the rules of the road.

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