Summer safety tips to help drivers avoid car accidents

On behalf of: admin | Posted in: Car Accidents on: Friday, June 6, 2014

Every Ontario driver will agree that a car accident is something to avoid at all costs, but not all drivers and passengers are aware of some common and easily avoidable road safety mistakes. As summer approaches and we spend more time taking family road trips and weekend getaways, drivers and passengers can take certain precautions to avoid serious injury in a car accident.

The first thing to avoid, which most people never even think about, is putting one’s feet up on the dashboard. This seemingly harmless action is actually very dangerous in the event of an accident. If an airbag deploys, for example, it could break bones. For this reason, it is important for both drivers and passengers to refrain from resting their feet on top of a dashboard equipped with an airbag.

Another thing to avoid is an overloaded vehicle. Many individuals will take to the roadways with a heavy trailer weighing the bumper down until it is just inches off the ground. Always check the load limitations on a vehicle. They can be found on an information sticker in the door frame of the driver’s side of the vehicle.

There are other safety suggestions to keep in mind during the summer months. For example, when loading the inside of a vehicle, keep in mind the fact that objects inside a car could become dangerous projectiles in a car accident. Following this advice could help Ontario drivers avoid serious injury in a car accident. However, in some cases, no amount of preparation is enough to prevent a car accident if a negligent driver with whom one is sharing the roadway causes it. This is why powerful laws exist to support those harmed by negligent drivers in seeking restitution in court.

Source:, "Six things you shouldn’t do on the road this summer" Brian Turner, Jun. 04, 2014

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