5 tips for surviving the roads this holiday season
Canada Safety Council’s National Safe Driving Week kicks off tomorrow – a timely reminder as we head into the busy holiday season.
With roads crowded with frenzied shoppers, and parties on heavy rotation from now until the New Year, let’s take a moment to drive home some safe driving tips as they pertain to rail safety, winter and ensuring you make it home for the holidays—safely.
- According to the CAA, cellphones are the leading cause of distracted driving accidents. So what’s the rail safety driving tip here? Simple: Put away your phone. Be alert and pay attention when approaching level crossings.
- Icy winter roads can be a driver’s nemesis. In fact, driving during the winter can be dangerous, if you’re not paying attention. So here it is: Always drive at a speed that allows you to stop within the distance of your headlights – so you have a clear view of the road ahead of you. This is especially important when road conditions are slippery and when driving at night.
- Never drive around the gates at a level crossing. If the gate is down, or in the process of being raised or lowered, do not cross the tracks.
- We always have to wonder just why anyone would even attempt this but they do, so here it is: Never race a train to the crossing because even in a tie, you lose!
- Canada’s impaired driving stats are alarming. Don’t become a statistic. When you’re out and about this holiday season, celebrating the season with festive drinks, DON’T get behind the wheel and possibly make a mistake you could never take back. Do your part to ensure you and road users around you all make it home safely for the holidays. Call a cab—enough said.
For more safe driving tips, check out our Public Rail Safety Guide.