New Year’s Resolutions: Safe Driving

Tuesday January 2, 2018

Category: Road Safety

With the New Year just around the corner, people start to think about what they want to accomplish in 2018. And whether you’re thinking of being more active, having a regular meal schedule or visiting your family more often, the New Year’s Resolutions represent the way you want to shape your life for the following 12 months.

This year, consider adding a New Year’s Driving Resolutions to your list to help keep your driving record clean, your insurance rates low, and your health in the first place. Because high risk driving not only impacts your insurance, but it can make an unfortunate difference in your wellbeing, too.

At Easyway, we’re looking after your safety. Namely, we gathered some tips that will help you improve your driving habits and your insurance premiums. There are small changes you can make, but with a significant impact on your safety and your wallet.

1. Refrain from Speeding

When you’re anxious about arriving on time at your destination, you’re more likely to hit the gas. Even if traveling the road is part of your daily commuting schedule or you’re anxious about that family meeting you’re attending, keep a steady speed to arrive at your destination safe and sound.

What to do:

You can make a habit of leaving 15 minutes earlier when you know you have to hit the road. If you have extra travel time planned for your trip, you’re no longer tempted to speed. This way, not only will you arrive safely, but you’ll also you avoid speeding tickets that can affect your insurance savings and premiums for years to come.

2. Stop Texting & Driving

As of 2017, almost 80% of Canadians own a Smartphone. Hence, there’s no surprise that distracted driving is more common among drivers of all ages in the country. And although it’s illegal to text and drive, most drivers still choose to take that risk.

What to do:

If you really must use the phone while driving, technology has come up with some tricks that can help you. You can use a handsfree set or connect your phone to your car’s speakers via Bluetooth. This way, your focus will be more on the road ahead, and it will help you avoid a distracted driving ticket. If you’re traveling with someone in the passenger seat, you can ask them to answer your phone or send texts on your behalf. Lastly, if you’re traveling alone, you can let your friends and family know you’ll be driving, so they won’t message or call you.

3. Prepare Yourself for Animal Encounters

It’s not a surprise to meet large animals on your way. Actually, every hour there are up to eight accidents in the country caused by an animal encounter. Most frequently, they happen at dusk and dawn or in conditions of reduced visibility, but they can occur at mid-day, too.

What to do:

Whether you’re in an unfamiliar area or not, drive slowly and pay attention to the road. If you do meet a large animal, use your vehicle’s horn to scare it off the road.

4. Pay Attention to Your Road Rage and Pull Over

When you find yourself driving aggressively and under stress, the best thing you can do is to pull over. This type of behavior implies tailgating, cutting off other drivers or other practices that represent a real risk for yourself and other drivers on the road.

What to do:

Don’t drive when you’re stressed. If you’ve had a rough day, do something relaxing before hitting the road or simply ask someone else to drive you where you need to be.

Music can also aggravate your mood, so try driving with some tunes you find relaxing in the background. Another thing you can practice when you feel your stress level rise behind the wheel is deep breathing. Finally, ensure you’ve had a good night of sleep and a nutritious meal – both of them positively impact the stress hormones and make you less likely to drive at high-risk.

5. Call Your Insurance Broker

Besides reminding you when it’s time to renew your insurance, your broker can help you with many other things, such as lower prices. As a matter of fact, many drivers are unaware of the benefits of contacting their insurance broker on a regular basis.

It can be challenging to stick to your New Year’s driving resolutions but the reward of extra safety on the road and getting a cheaper insurance rate at the end of the year pays off.

6. Equip Your Car According to the Season

Hitting the icy road with a car that doesn’t have winter tires is risky in slippery conditions. Get the right tires for the job before you hit the road. Moreover, have your vehicle inspected now and then to make sure that all the essential components are working as they should.

7. Stay Updated with the New Driving Laws

Because impaired driving is the principal cause of death and injury in Canada, the laws have changed as of the beginning of 2017. Now, you can be requested to give a breath sample without an apparent reason. Even if you’re a clean driver, make sure you are up to date with all the other changes that may come in 2018.

Make the Most out of 2018

The goals you’re setting at the dawn of a new year are up to you to accomplish. There will be both ups and downs on the road, but you can only mark it as complete once you arrive at your destination. To maximize your chances of ticking them off your list at the end of next year, here are some tips:

As you plan your New Year’s Driving Resolutions, keep in mind that safer driving habits mean more than better insurance rates – it means safety for everyone on the road, including yourself.

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