Victoria Day long weekend is upon us and many will have plans that will involve some sort of road travel. Last year there were 1900 motor vehicle accidents on the Victoria Day long weekend, resulting in 490 injuries and two deaths. It is a weekend where there are lots of motorists on the road and lots of people tempted to rush to their destination. Speeding increases the risk of crashing and contributes to injury and death in motor vehicle accident. Police will be stepping up their enforcement this weekend, targeting high risk behaviours, especially speeding.
Young Drivers of Canada suggests the following tips to ensure the long weekend turns out to be a safe and collision free journey:
- Long weekend traffic will be slow moving. Don’t expect to get to your destination in the normal amount of time. There are going to be more cars on the road which means slower driving. Don’t get angry because of it.
- Avoid driving aggressively. Avoid acceleration and hard braking. It is hard on your vehicle and on the drivers who are around you.
- Pick a lane and stay in it. Traffic flow won’t be any different in another lane. You are driving in traffic, and it will be slow in any lane you pick. You will be moving slowly. Weaving in and out of traffic lanes won’t get you any further. What it may do is cause a fender bender as drivers reach to sudden action.
- Avoid tailgating. With inconsistent traffic flow, drivers may be forced to brake suddenly. Leave space in the event a driver suddenly stops as a result of traffic. With space, drivers will have some distance to be able to stop in the event of a sudden change in traffic flow.
- Secure your load, including trailers or items that you may be towing behind your vehicle. Ensure the trailer has functioning lights that indicate a driver’s intention, including braking and changing lanes. Make sure the tires are in good working order and inflated to the correct tire pressure. Keep an eye on the tow load by installing trailer tow mirrors that will help keep a visual on the road. Avoid over packing the interior of your vehicle. Ensure driver’s sight lines are clear and free of objects.
- Avoid driver distractions. Turn off any smartphones or let passengers answer calls or texts. Avoid adjusting the GPS and radio while driving. Driving distracted and traffic don’t mix.
- If you want to avoid traffic, consider starting your journey before every else. If you have the opportunity to leave early do so.
Drive safe this first long weekend of the start of the summer season!!
If you are looking for something to do this weekend check out Inside Vancouver’s top 5 Victoria Day long weekend daytrips from Vancouver.