March Break Driving Tips

Brush Up on Young Drivers of Canada’s March Break Driving Tips

It’s March Break, and that means that there will be many motorists traveling to warmer climates such as Florida. Young Drivers of Canada would like to suggest the following tips for drivers planning road trips this March Break.

1. Plan your route in advance. Include time for rest stops and even some sightseeing. This will reduce a driver’s stress to get there at all costs. Always plan for the inevitable, cranking children, motion sickness by passengers and bathroom breaks.

2. Ensure your vehicle is in good working condition to make the trip. There is nothing more stressful than having a car full of passengers and being stuck on the side of the road and in unfamiliar territory. Being safe on the road is important to you and your fellow motorists.

3. Check the road and weather conditions before you leave. Ensure that you know what you will be driving in. The weather in March can be unpredictable and can affect the surface of the road quite quickly.

4. Tire pressure is important when it comes to long distance driving for several reasons. Improperly inflated tires can increase fuel consumption dramatically. Incorrect tire pressure can also cause a vehicle to lose traction on the road. All motorists should ensure their tires are inflated to the correct tire pressure, listed on the inside driver door panel.

5. Seatbelts are a must. Not only is it against the law to not wear a seatbelt, but statistics also show that seatbelts save lives. Ensure all passengers use seat belts. Small children should be securely fastened in their child seats.

6. Avoid driver distractions. Do not use a cellphone to text or answer calls while driving. It Canada and in the U.S. there are laws which prohibit cellphone use while driving. Also, avoid adjusting the radio, GPS or any other electronic devices. If you need to use your cellphone in an emergency situation, pull over in a safe area, away from moving traffic.

7. Avoid driving drowsy. It is important for drivers to take a break when driving a long distance. It is important for drivers to stop during a long journey to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. If you are drowsy, pull over in a safe area and rest. A cat nap can make all the difference!

8. Pack an emergency kit. The emergency kit should contain a blanket, flares, a flashlight, nonperishable food such as granola bars, water, boost cables and more.

9. Keep a positive attitude. Driving with passengers can be stressful. Avoid road rage and negative driving habits which can impact your attention to the roads and its surroundings.

10. Have fun. March break is the beginning of warmer weather for most Canadians. Be safe and drive without distractions!