Driving tips

  • Take the time to properly adjust your headrest.
  • Buckle up! More than 30% of drivers and occupants who died in an accident were not wearing a seat belt.
  • Always keep a good distance between your car and the one in front of you.
  • Follow the speed limits. They were implemented for a good reason. If you want to arrive earlier, leave early.
  • Be careful if you drink alcohol. Avoid driving or limit your consumption. But above all: don’t overestimate your abilities. In 2013, 41% of deceased drivers had been drinking.
  • Don’t drive when impaired and don’t let someone under the influence of any kind of drugs get behind the wheel.

Distractions and cell phones

  • Using your cell phone while driving is dangerous and prohibited.
  • No texting! Driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated!
  • Talking to other passengers can seem natural but it is also a distraction. Stop talking if road conditions are not optimal or if you need to concentrate on the road for a bit.
  • Don’t turn around to interact with children in the back seat. All parents have done it at least once but these precious seconds you’re looking back can represent a significant distance when you are not looking at the road. Five seconds of distraction at 100 km/h represent 139 metres!

Driver fatigue

According to the SAAQ, every year, an average of 84 people are killed and nearly 9,000 people are injured in a fatigue-related accident in Quebec. 

  • Drive only when you are well rested.
  • Don’t take the wheel if you feel tired, no matter the time or place.
  • Don’t rely on coffee to keep you awake.
  • If you start feeling signs of fatigue while you are driving, stop and take a break. If necessary, take a 15-, 20- or 30-minute nap. Get out of the car and stretch your legs. Ideally, let someone else drive who is well rested.
  • Don’t count on the radio or fresh air to help you stay awake as they will only have a temporary effect. At best, use one of these tricks to gain a few minutes while looking for a safe place to stop.