Avoid a driving disaster – 6 secrets every driver ought to know

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Did you know that the two busiest highways in North America are Highway 401 and Highway 400?

Every year, these highways carry over 500,000 vehicles daily. In Ontario, passenger vehicles make up 76% of all registered vehicles in the province.

We know that some accidents can’t be avoided, and a large part of sharing the road is putting your trust in other drivers. Here are 6 proven ways you can keep yourself and your fellow roadsters alive.

1. Put down your phone, GPS, laptop and leave the radio alone

Studies have shown that even a self-proclaimed multitasking expert will increase their chances of a collision by 23 times if texting behind the wheel. Distracted can hinder your reaction time as much as driving intoxicated.

2. Make Buckling Up a habit

A seatbelt is one of the most basic and effective tools for saving a life. Seatbelts have been shown to reduce serious crash-related injuries and death by 50 per cent. Make buckling up a driving habit

3. Beware of High Risk Drivers

High-risk drivers can range from overly aggressive drivers, drivers with missing lights, or anyone who does not seem attentive to road markings or speed limits. It’s best to keep these drivers a safe distance in front of you, not behind you!

4. Eye lead is everything

Drivers Ed 101 tells us that eye lead is a main skill for defensive and attentive driving. It means that as a driver, you’re always looking at the road ahead making you better prepared for any road obstructions, pedestrians or emergency vehicles.

5. Check your fluids

Having your vehicle's fluids topped up will have an effect on how well your car can handle a collision, or avoid one. Brake fluid, coolant and power steering are easy to check and can help your car respond better in risky situations. Click here to find out when you should check and change your fluids.

6. Never drive tired

Drowsy driving is much more dangerous than we think. In Ontario, 26 per cent of all fatal and injury crashes are shown to be linked to drowsy driving. Some signs include zoning out while driving, excessive yawning, inconsistent speed, missing road signs (stop, yield, etc). If you feel any of the following, avoid driving.

We all have an equal responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Make sure you’re doing your part.