Summer Traffic Rules Refresher
You have probably noticed this too—the increase of traffic accidents in the summer months. Some are minor fender benders, others are much more life changing and tragic.
Many times you wonder how many could have been prevented. As a result you start paying more attention to your speed, the distance between vehicles, being observant of pedestrians and cyclists.
Just in the past week I have noticed an increased number of incidents of bad driving habits. Many of these type of driving habits occur year round, it is just that in the summer they seem to be more noticeable.
Today I would like to point out a few things I’ve seen and remind people about basic traffic laws in Ontario, Canada.
Visible Traffic Violations I’ve Witnessed
This is a brief list of just a few of the traffic violations that I’ve witnessed in our small community.
- People going the wrong way in one way parking lots
- Pulling out of a parking spot and immediately pulling a U turn in moving traffic –on the town main street
- Backing into other people’s vehicles.
- Stop signs are barely cause for a slow down, let alone a stop.
- Speed limits? What limits?
- Driving through an intersection while pedestrians are crossing the street.
- Talking on cellphones while driving
- Passing vehicles on residential streets either on the left or right hand side.
- Proceeding to pass a vehicle while it is backing into either a driveway or parallel parking spot
- Not allowing a vehicle the room needed to back up and parallel park
- and so much more!
Why The Rush?
One thing I observe is the high number of people rushing here and there, always late, always stressed.
Some advice for you—slow down and take time to breathe. Start your day earlier, arrive to appointments beforehand. Don’t over book your day with activities. Allow for time in your schedule for each appointment and then allow extra for unexpected events.
Drive more carefully and pay attention to not only how you are driving but the drivers around you. Sometimes the scariest driver on the road is the other guy. You must be continually prepared to stop, avoid or otherwise protect yourself from an accident.
Learn techniques to better organize your day so you can be more relaxed. Remember, life is short, don’t shorten it by bad driving habits.
Learn techniques to reduce your stress, or at least deal with it in a better manner. Using your vehicle as a way to demonstrate your strength and force is not recommended. That only puts a vehicle of power in your hand that could have you charged with vehicular manslaughter and the such if you don’t handle it correctly. Don’t make your vehicle a weapon.
Be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE—relax, reduce your stress, and breathe.
Learn To Schedule Better
For instance, here at Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, when we book an appointment for a client, we allow a 2 hour block of time for that 1 person/family. Now, many times only 1 hour is required, but there are times the full 2 hours is needed. Plus we have to schedule an additional 30 minutes before and after each appointment as well. So, we allow a 3 hour time span per client. Half an hour for set-up, 2 hours for appointment, which may include delivery of items, then another 30 minutes to put things away.
Because we’ve scheduled that block of time Barry and I are less stressed. If the whole appointment, prep to cleanup, is less than 3 hours, then we have extra time in our day. That is when we can do unexpected additional activities. This way instead of being stressed at not getting enough done—we look at it as gaining bonus time.
So better schedule your day. Schedule so you can get bonuses in your day too!
Which Traffic Rules Do You Break?
There was a new traffic law implemented in Ontario in 2016. Do you break this law?
When a pedestrian is crossing a cross walk you MUST stop and let them fully cross the intersection and the pedestrian must have BOTH feet on the sidewalk before you can proceed to drive through the intersection.
I don’t know how many times this summer I’ve had the driver behind me honking because I’m obeying the law and waiting for the pedestrian(s) to reach the safety of the sidewalk.
Speed Limits–Or Is It Just A Suggestion?
If I am going the speed limit, such as 70 km/h in a construction zone, don’t honk or pass me. When I am going 50 km/h on a residential street, what on earth are you thinking by passing me? Sometimes you drive up the right hand side and drive on the sidewalk to get around me. I’m going the speed limit or stopped, waiting to make a left hand turn.
And those who go whipping through the school zone at 80 km/h or more should really slow down. Even in the summer months there are still children that come and access the playground. So, please drive carefully in school zones, nobody needs a tragic summer.
I almost had my front fender clipped by a driver who didn’t like my driving the posted 50 km/h. He passed me and then sharply cut back into my lane, causing me to brake to avoid the collision. After all, he passed me when oncoming traffic was coming the opposite direction.
Speed limits are not just a suggestion—they are there for safety!
Allowing Vehicles To Reverse
What about when I stop to back into my driveway? I have my reverse lights on, often moving in reverse and you come racing up behind me and pass me. Instead of obeying the law—which requires you to stop and allow my vehicle to back into my driveway and exit the roadway.
What about when people are trying to parallel park? Do you stop and allow them to do that? Or do you pass them? Others just block their way so they are unable to back up.
STOP Signs Mean Go?
Please folks, stop signs mean stop!
I’ve witnessed sometimes 4 cars in a row go through a stop sign. Just because the first car stopped doesn’t mean that that stop counts for you too! Each car must come up to the stop sign and complete a full stop before proceeding. Not a rolling yield even. A full stop!
And what about the 2-3 vehicles who go through a red light when the intersection lights are changing, instead of waiting for the lights to change again. All this does is prevents 2-3 cars on the green light from proceeding because you were one of the ones going through the red light.
Summer Traffic Rules Refresher…
Summer is a busy time of fun, relaxation, or rushing off to work, however, remember to drive safely. Every night there is another tragedy reported on the evening news. From vehicle collisions, to pedestrians being struck and killed.
Remember, the traffic rules aren’t there to just be ignored. They are there to keep you and others on the roads safe.
So, before you lay on the horn or speed up and tailgate someone in the hopes of pushing their vehicle faster, slow down. Take a quick moment and reflect on whether it is your driving habits that are at issue, or those of the driver in front of you.
If it is an issue with your own driving habits, you are now EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE to change them. However, if it is the bad driving habits of the driver ahead or behind, you need to be more aware, more cautious, and more prepared to do your part to avoid an accident and potential tragedy.
Drive safe, and get to where you need to be with everyone alive and well.