Top 5 Canadian driving laws that are broken
Driving is becoming more and more of a multi-tasking sport. Even if Canadians are great drivers, which we know you all are, sometimes the lines between acceptable and illegal are blurred. Here is a list of the top 5 Canadian driving laws that are broken:
1. Seat belts/child restraints not properly used
These days, there is no excuse not to wear a seatbelt. Not only are all vehicles heavily equipped with safety features, you can bet your lucky stars that they all have seatbelts. In fact, if they don’t, that’s illegal in and of itself. Horror story after horror story reiterates the fact that seatbelts save lives, people! It takes about two seconds to secure yourself in your vehicle, and make sure everyone else traveling with you is secured. Don’t be lazy. Just do it.
2. Illegal maneuvers/speeding
Have you ever made a U-turn where there is a “no U-turn allowed” sign? Or sped up through a yellow light when you had time to slow down and stop? Or driven even just a little bit over the speed limit? While these laws may seem silly at the time, or harmless if broken, laws are made for a reason and most likely that reason is to keep you and others safe on the road. Maybe you’ll think twice next time you pull a rolling stop if it’s your family who paid the ultimate price of such a driver error.
3. Mechanical problems with your vehicle
While having a headlight or taillight out may seem like no big deal, and even more of a hassle than anything, these are instrumental pieces of your vehicle that indicate to others where and when you’re maneuvering your vehicle. If you’ve got a brake light out, others won’t know when you’re braking. If you’ve got a headlight out, they may not see you coming around that corner at dusk. If you’ve got questions, we’d be happy to help you in any way we can.
4. Distracted driving
Whether it’s cell phones, food, children talking, playing music or anything else, it’s becoming easier and easier to not pay attention to the actual act of driving. This is actually a terrifying thought because of the potential damage vehicles can cause. Vehicles are one of the most revolutionary inventions of all time, but they can also be very dangerous if not used properly. Make sure when you’re behind the wheel, you’re paying attention to the road in front of you.
5. Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
Even if you had just one drink, you may be considered to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Yet, time and time again, people drink and drive. You’ve seen the crashes. You’ve heard the stories. We don’t think we have to get into this one a whole lot, at least we hope not, but please, just don’t do it. Call a cab. It’s a lot cheaper than the cost of a lost life.