President's Perspective

From Issue: 
April 2017

Springtime is officially in full swing, and that means it’s just about road trip season. Whether you’re traveling to Tofino, B.C. or St. John’s, N.L., or out of the country entirely, springtime travel brings its own unique set of safety challenges and considerations.

I’ve been on my fair share of road trips in the past and trust me, I know how tempting it is to throw your bags in the back and head off on an adventure. But don’t forget – your bags are in the backseat. Don’t let safety take a back seat, too.

It is important to plan ahead. Where are you going? Which roads do you plan on taking? Are there any tollbooths? Is any portion of the drive under construction? Preparation will reduce the stress and allow you to leave enough time to get to your destination safely.

It’s also a good idea to plan a few alternate routes in case something unpredictable makes your initial route not possible. In the event that the unexpected does happen, remember that a calm attitude will serve you much better than agitation and irritation.

Sobriety on the road is an absolute must. Don’t drive if you drink, have been using drugs, or are fatigued. Always maintain a clear mind when behind the wheel, which will allow you to keep your focus on the road where it belongs.

The same holds true for distraction. Taking a road trip, whether for a weekend or a more prolonged time, is no excuse to drive distracted or press your luck with distracted driving legislation.

Lastly, courtesy on the road is critical. If you encounter somebody driving aggressively, cutting in and out of traffic, trying to force his or her way in at a merge, don’t take it personally. Remain calm. You’ll get where you need to be sooner or later, and there are no advantages to engaging with an aggressive driver. If you feel threatened, call the police.

Have a safe and pleasant road trip! Take the opportunity to make memories with friends and family.

Safety, it’s an attitude!

Jack Smith, President