5 defensive driving tips to remember on road trips

The great summer road trip season will soon be upon us. At aha insurance, we want this to be a time of adventure, discovery and above all good road safety.

Get the most from your car insurance or rental car insurance and remember these defensive driving tips as you fire up the engine and head into the great unknown!

#1 Defensive driving means anticipating the unknown

Perhaps your road trip is going to take you into uncharted territory. Multiple gadgets will help get you there, but you need to be smart about it. Understand the rules of the road in the province or territory you plan to travel within.

Speed limits vary and so do road rules.

Failure to pay attention to these differences could have a significant impact upon your car insurance if you are found guilty of a driving conviction or get into an accident. Use defensive driving to anticipate what could change between regions, including everyone else’s driving behaviour.

#2 Service your car before you go

There is nothing that will spoil your road trip faster than being stuck somewhere you don’t want to be, waiting for your car to be repaired. Your insurance company hopes that you always follow a regular maintenance schedule and keep your vehicle in the best condition possible.

Failure to do so can mean expensive repairs that may affect your car insurance, mainly if you are involved in a collision that was caused by something as simple as a broken tail light. Ensure that your vehicle is in peak form before you leave for your road trip.

#3 Never drive tired

Road tripping often means driving long distances and sometimes driving through the night. Be smart about the times of day and distances you’re driving. Dusk or twilight is the most common time for an accident to occur because the light is fading, but daytime running lights aren’t noticeable because it’s not dark out yet.

If you’re travelling through new territory, try to plan your driving hours during the morning and mid-afternoon. Ensure that you’ve had plenty of sleep and you are alert at all times. Pull over if you need to rest or sleep.

#4 Contain the action and noise within your vehicle

At some point, we’ve probably all been in a vehicle where we’ve wondered how the driver could concentrate with all the noise. Many cars today have on-board entertainment systems and a variety of high-tech gadgets designed to make the driving experience more pleasurable.

Just ensure that your passengers’ pleasure doesn’t compromise your driving safety. Keep volumes low, insist that passengers wear headphones, and guarantee that there are no visible monitors in your sightline that could divert your attention from road safety (including mirrors!).

#5 Yield, yield, yield

It may not sound like a defensive driving technique, but when you are driving in new places or are under different conditions, your best course of action is to yield. You don’t need to become a road warrior to get where you’re going!

When driving through large cities at busy times of the day, pay attention to how other drivers behave and what the accepted road customs are. Wave, yield, and merge with caution and respect. You’ll ensure a safe and pleasant experience for your summer road trip.

You are going to have a better all-around experience when you prepare for your road trip. Get coverage for your car or add people as occasional drivers to your policy before you set out!

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