With Canada day weekend around the corner, kids are out of school and summer is here. You can expect more traffic as many people look to hit the roads and take advantage of the sunshine. Check out our Road Safety Tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads this summer.
Making sure your car is ready to go before you hit the road is a great preventative measure to stop breakdowns and potential accidents. Tires and brakes are some of the most common contributing factors to mechanical failures on the road. Making sure your car has had its regular maintenance such has oil changes, tire rotations, brake and battery checks can help prevent breakdowns on the road, especially if you’re headed out of town and far away from help. You’ll also want to check Transport Canada for any recalls that there may be to your vehicle as well.
When you’re on the road make sure to stay aware of other drivers and obstacles on the road as the good weather can also mean more road construction and busier traffic. If you’re leaving on a road trip make sure you’re alert enough to drive, and be sure to take necessary stops along the way to rest or change drivers. Additionally, with the warmer weather, your car can heat up to deadly temperatures quickly. Don’t leave children or pets unattended in the car, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Did you know that ICBC also offers additional coverage that can help reimburse some of the cost if your car breaks down or needs a tow? Talk to one of our ICBC insurance brokers to see how you can take advantage of ICBC’s Road Star or Roadside Pluspackages that offer many different benefits.