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Floyd House On How To Drive Like A Hero & Not A Zero!

 

At Taurus Projects, we’re concerned with safety in every form, from the worksite, to the Fort Saskatchewan streets, and everywhere in between. That is why our Corporate Health & Safety Manager at Taurus, Floyd House, wrote this blog outlining how to drive safely, things to avoid, and things to keep in mind.

It is all part of our overall plan to enforce safety anywhere we can! You can follow his LinkedIn HERE!

Don’t drive while under the influence.Driving under the influence (DUI), also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunk driving, or impaired driving among others is the crime of driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs including those prescribed by physicians, to a level that renders a driver incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely. With alcohol, a drunk driver’s level of intoxication is typically determined by a measurement of blood alcohol content or BAC. A BAC measurement in excess of a specific threshold level, such as 0.05% or 0.08%, defines the criminal offense with no need to prove impairment. In some jurisdictions, there is an aggravated category of the offense at a higher BAC level, such as 0.12%

Focus. Distracted driving and driver inattention are becoming a leading cause of collisions in Canada. Any collision with a vulnerable road user has the potential to be deadly. Let the calls and texts wait, you’re on important business! Turn off your electronic devices or lock your cell phone in the glove compartment if you have difficulty resisting the temptation to text or check your notifications while driving. Remember, hands-free is not risk-free.

Be on the lookout. Always scan ahead for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, who can be difficult to spot. Be especially vigilant around intersections, and when making turns. Do not let your guard drop after you’ve stopped your car — develop the habit of shoulder checking before opening vehicle doors to avoid dooring someone who may be passing on foot or two-wheels.

Remain calm and courteous. Everyone is trying to get somewhere. Be especially patient with children and the elderly who may have more difficulty judging the timing and speed of traffic.

Check your speed. When the roads are filled with speed demons, it takes a real hero with bravery to stick to the speed limit. Your decision to drive at or below the speed limit can empower others to do the same. Every kilometre over increases stopping distance and reduces your effective field of vision. When the weather warms and the roads are dry, more children are outside. Stick to the speed limit, and you could save a life. A small difference in travelling speed can be the difference between life and death when it comes to collisions with vulnerable road users.

Leave lots of space. Remember that anyone on two wheels is able to brake much more quickly than a car. They may also need to swerve around gravel or potholes, so always leave lots of space between your vehicle and cyclists or motorcyclists. When passing a cyclist, slow down and leave a minimum of one-metre berth. If possible, change lanes. If there is insufficient room in the lane to maintain a respectful distance, stay back, and wait until you can pass safely.

We hope this helps keeps the roads of Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan safe!