Do you practice safe driving all the time?

Be honest. When did you last speed up through an intersection on a yellow light? Or take a chance on turning left through oncoming traffic?

We all have a responsibility to abide by the rules of the road. And, if you drive for work, you must also follow your organization’s safe driving policies and practices. However, a new ICBC survey has found that while most drivers believe they are good drivers, they also believe our roads are more dangerous than ever before with drivers who are more distracted, more aggressive and more impatient. So, who are all these bad drivers?

They are us

They are all of us who take shortcuts now and then even when we know we shouldn’t. When we roll through a stop sign, glance at our phones, or change lanes without signalling, we put ourselves and others at risk of injury or death. Our bad driving habits collectively have resulted in the number of crashes in BC soaring 23 per cent in just three years to 320,000 in 2016 from 260,000 in 2013.1 That’s an average of 875 every day.

While employers can put controls into place to reduce the risks their employees face when driving for work, most of the onus is on employees themselves to practice safe driving habits.

That’s why ICBC is launching a campaign to encourage drivers to honestly assess their driving habits, ditch the unsafe ones and drive the way they would if they were being tested for their driver’s licence again.

Three easy safe driving habits to adopt

Adopting new safe driving habits, especially for work drivers, may change your whole attitude to driving for work. Here are just a few ways you can contribute to safer roads in BC.

  • Give yourself more time to get where you are going. Try adding 15 minutes to every trip you make during work hours so that you don’t feel the pressure to make unsafe driving decisions to make up time.
  • Leave the phone alone. Studies show that between 20 and 30 per cent of crashes occur because of distractions and the phone is a key distraction. If you are tempted, put the phone in the trunk.
  • Follow the rules of the road. That speed limit sign is there to keep you and other drivers safe. That yellow light means slow down and stop, not speed up and go.

To test your driving habits, take ICBC’s driving smart quiz. It contains a lot of other ideas on how you can improve your driving and make all of us safer when we drive.

1 ICBC crash statistics

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Do you practice safe driving all the time?