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Defensive Driving will help keep you safe on the road this winter... and all year

By Aviva Canada on

The Highest number of auto collision claims occur this time of year.

Winter road conditions can be stressful. The likelihood of a vehicle collision is the highest this time of year, according to Aviva Canada claims data.

With that in mind, we want to share some techniques for defensive driving that will help you avoid collisions, and stay safe this winter and throughout the year.

Defensive driving techniques.

  1. Stay focused: You should always be aware of the vehicles and other road users around you. There are many considerations a driver needs to be aware of including, but not limited to, road conditions, speed and position on the road, traffic laws, signs, and the movements of other drivers. Staying focused on driving and only driving is critical to safe driving
  2. Manage space: Ensuring an appropriate amount of space around your vehicle helps to avoid a collision. It’s important to remember that the greatest chance of a collision happens in front of you. Leaving enough space between you and other vehicles in front of you creates the best chance to avoid a collision.
  3. Watch out for the other person: Avoiding a collision can be as simple as paying attention to what the other vehicles on the road around you are doing and ensuring safe ways to avoid anticipated unsafe situations. For instance, when driving on the highway you may notice someone speeding past you in an adjacent lane. If there is little space between them and the vehicle in front of them in their lane, you can anticipate that they will likely enter into your lane, right in front of you. Predicting that movement can help you ensure you leave enough space for the other driver’s movement.

Defensive driving is only one element of road safety for drivers. Obeying traffic laws and knowing road safety signs and their meanings are another crucial step to ensuring everyone’s safety on the roads. In Canada, each province is responsible for creating their own traffic laws and signs. Visit this Federal Government site for provincial traffic laws and legislation.

The Ministry of Transportation in Ontario also offers some helpful driving tips and insight on defensive driving here

"Defensive driving is based on responsibility. A defensive driver takes every reasonable precaution to prevent traffic collisions. They not only take responsibility for their own vehicle and driving practices, but also deal with the mistakes made by other drivers." - Infrastructure Health and Safety Association


The content in this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as professional or expert advice from Aviva