Top 5 ways to beat traffic this long weekend

TORONTO, July 26, 2013 /CNW/ - With the upcoming Canadian long weekend, drivers need to be prepared for traffic jams, construction and busier roads.  Whether you are celebrating with a family staycation or hitting the road, driving school Young Drivers of Canada, Canada's favourite driving school, has great tips to help you beat the masses on our roads.

Peter Christianson, President of Young Drivers says, "The summer months in Canada statistically have a higher number of collisions than any other time of year. Aggressive driving, fatigue and alcohol are often implicated.  If drivers plan ahead and drive defensively, the commute will be smoother and the incidents of road rage fewer."

Here are the top 5 ways to help you enjoy your weekend and beat traffic:

  1. Plan Your Route - Plan your trips to avoid travel slow-downs. Even if you are staying close to home, there could be road closures due to local festivities or road construction you should be aware of.

  2. Timing is Key - Rush hour is rush hour is rush hour. You and many others get off at the same time and will be heading to cottage country at the same time.  Anticipate how long your route will take and leave plenty of time to avoid stress and rushing to your destination.  Better yet try and negotiate an early end of day on Friday.

  3. Avoid a Breakdown - The last thing you want is to have your car breakdown and throw a wrench into your holiday plans. Have your vehicle checked before you head out for the long weekend.  Keep your air and fuel filters clean.  Your owner's manual will advise you on how often they should be changed.

  4. Gas Up - A wise driver will fuel up a day or two before the trip when gas cost may be lower.  Then they are able to drive past all the long line-ups at the gas stations.  Just before you reach your destination, it's a good idea to top up your tank to have it ready for side trips and the return home.

  5. Keep kids occupied - Happy children make for a happy drive. Keep them occupied with easily accessible games, books, videos, music, and snacks and keep your focus on the road.

If you would like to learn more Summer Road Safety tips visit www.youngdrivers.com.

SOURCE: Young Drivers of Canada

For further information:

Suzanne Vukosavljevic, Director of Public Relations
Young Drivers of Canada
Tel: (905) 529-5501 ext.229    Email: svukosavljevic@yd.com

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