12 Long Weekend Driving TipsKeep your auto insurance premiums in check; drive carefully to avoid long weekend traffic tickets and collisions.

As the sun sets on summer and drivers take to the road this long weekend, make sure you don't end up remembering this long weekend for all the wrong reasons; namely getting a ticket, or worse being involved in a collision.

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This long weekend take care when getting to where you want to go, because like you, many people will be on the road.

Long weekend driving tips

  • Get some rest before you leave so that you're at your most alert.
  • Buckle up and make sure everyone in the car does as well. About 5 per cent of Canadians don't buckle up, yet they represent one-third of fatalities in collisions where there's been a death.
  • Be patient. Long weekend traffic is going to be slow, and driving aggressively will only increase the odds that you'll get into a collision or get pulled over and handed a ticket. If you want to avoid the masses, plan to leave earlier or later than everyone else.
  • Once traffic lets up, don't speed to make up time. Obey the limit and be safer for it.
    • Did you know speeding consumes more fuel than driving the limit? Spend less on gas (and avoid a ticket) by going the limit. Read more fuel-efficient driving tips.
  • Don't drive distracted. If you're hungry, eat before you leave or at the rest stop. Put your phone on mute so that you can't hear the texts, emails or calls coming in. And, pre-program your route into your GPS.
  • Have a Plan B in case your original route is too congested by traffic volume or there's a collision.
  • If there is a collision on route, remember to give emergency personnel the space they need to do their job safely. Slow down and move over when passing stopped police, ambulance, fire trucks, or tow trucks with flashing lights.
  • If your trip is more than a couple of hours, plan a rest stop to get out of your vehicle to walk and stretch out your legs.
  • Always leave a safe following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Generally, it's recommended that you need a following distance of at least two seconds in good weather and road conditions. But, if you're following a large vehicle (that's blocking your view) or a motorcycle (who may be able to stop quicker), allow at least three seconds.
  • Signal your intentions. Remember when changing lanes to check your mirror, your blind spot, then signal your intentions; do a quick check again, and then change lanes.
  • Don't drive impaired by alcohol or drugs; always have a designated driver.
  • On your way home after the long weekend, be aware of driver fatigue. Try to get some rest before you head out, and if possible share the driving responsibilities.

Take care on the road, and take care of your auto insurance premiums

If you have this long weekend off and have a road trip planned, take care in how you arrive at your destination. You don't want to have to be paying for your weekend later when you get your auto insurance renewal.

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