Avoid Distractions While Driving

September 13, 2012

Ottawa — The Canada Safety Council is excited to partner with State Farm® and “Celebrate My Drive™” in support of safe teen driving in our communities.

Learning to drive is one of the most exciting times in a teenager’s life – but it can also be the deadliest. In 2009, Transport Canada reported that 240 teens between the ages of 15 and 19 were killed in road crashes and over 20,000 were seriously injured in Canada.But it doesn’t have to be this way. Teens can safely prepare for the road ahead by taking driver training courses and learning how to cope with distractions.

The Canada Safety Council offers the following tips to encourage safe driving among young motorists.

  • Walk around your vehicle before entering it to check for hazards.
  • Make adjustments to your seat, car mirrors and radio/music settings before you start driving.
  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Don’t text and drive. Texting while driving increases your chances of being in a collision by 23 times. Find a safe place to pull over if you need to send a message or make a call.
  • Never operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication.
  • Being drowsy also impairs your driving abilities! Drive only when rested.
  • Take driver training courses.
  • Drive defensively.

Celebrate the milestone of learning to drive and remember that prevention through education and awareness is the key to safety. Helping teens understand their capabilities and limitations behind the wheel can reduce the number of collisions on our roads and help young motorists build good driving records.

The Canada Safety Council is pleased to offer an interactive driver distraction safety program to enhance the driving learning experience for all teen drivers. Complete the entire program and our quiz, and then enter for a chance to win a CASH prize!

To order a copy of the program on a USB drive, please send your request to c.deavey@safety-council and include your mailing address.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Raynald Marchand
General Manager – Programs
(613) 739-1535 (ext. 226)

Catherine Benesch
Communications/Media Program Coordinator
(613) 739-1535 (ext. 228)