In Ottawa, driving is part of most people’s daily routine, and doing it safely is extremely important because it will ensure that you get to your destination without harming yourself or other innocent drivers on the road.
The following tips will help you drive safely in Ottawa, so be sure to keep them in mind:
Remain focused at all times
Distractions are extremely dangerous and can result in deadly consequences. Texting, talking, eating and looking through your playlist while you drive are all considered distractions and can impact your driving abilities. Whenever you’re behind the wheel, focus on the road because looking away even for a second can increase your chances of being involved in an accident.
Practice safe driving on the weekend
Learning how to drive in busy and high-volume road conditions can affect your driving skills and may cause you to feel uncomfortable and stressed, so leave your learning for Sundays because this is the safest day to drive and you will be able to learn more comfortably.
Look out for pedestrians
Accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists are increasing and drivers need to pay attention to this, especially when approaching crosswalks or busy intersections. Pedestrians and cyclists have to be mindful as well so that the number of incidents decreases.
Put winter tires on your car
Winter tires can make a world of difference, especially with the harsh winters we tend to experience here in Ottawa. They are a preventative measure that can help you drive safely during the colder season, so don’t wait until the first snowfall before you put on your winter tires.
Get comfortable with roundabouts
If you feel uncomfortable with this aspect, you are not alone, although familiarizing yourself with them is very important because they are known to significantly reduce vehicle collisions. The city of Ottawa has several roundabout intersections to help decrease the number of crashes and vehicle fatalities, so brush up on your knowledge regarding their key features and how vehicles must yield to pedestrians and traffic so that you’re comfortable driving through them.
Always leave extra space
This applies to the car in front of you and more space provides more time to safely come to a stop should you ever have to brake abruptly. Leaving about eight to ten seconds between you and the car in front of you while on the highway will reduce the risk of a rear-end collision.
Patience is very important while you’re on the road because rage will cause you to make bad decisions, which can lead to dangerous consequences. Basic courtesy will go a long way, so be patient and calm so that you always arrive at your destination safely.