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Have $280 to Spare? Stay Alert, Stay Safe, and Avoid Distracted Driving

February 27th, 2014  |  Insurance

The stakes just got higher for distracted drivers in Ontario. With the fine for distracted driving set to increase to $280 on March 18th, drivers across the province need to be more conscious about what they do when behind the wheel. Even a quick glance at your cell phone or holding an electronic device in your hand can land you a fine. 

If you are like most people, you have been guilty of distracted driving at one time or another. More importantly, you probably do not have an extra $280 that you want to give back to the province in the form of a distracted driving fine. 

The simple fact that provincial legislatures are increasing the fine shows that this is a serious issue and police are going to be on the lookout for drivers that are guilty of distracted driving. So, it’s time to put down your phones and focus at the task at hand – staying alert and driving safely. 

10 Tips for staying alert when driving 

Here are 10 simple things that you can do to become a more alert and safe driver: 

1. Put your phone down – Put it out of reach and out of sight. 

2. Make sure your ringer is turned off. 

3. Avoid fiddling with your GPS when the vehicle is in motion. 

4. Use Bluetooth – hands-free devices are permitted while driving. 

5. Keep hydrated – this will help keep your energy level up and help your be more focused. 

6. Keep the music at a reasonable level. 

7. Don’t get caught up sightseeing and looking around while driving. 

8. Make sure that you are well rested, especially if you are driving a long distance. This will help keep you focused on the road. 

9. Check your mirrors and blind spot like you were taught in driving school. 

10. Don’t get caught up with what your kids are doing in the back seat. 

Above all else, you need to dedicate yourself to being a safe and alert driver. You have control when driving and it is up to you to drive safe. 

What measures do you take to be a safe and alert driver? How do you avoid distracted driving temptations? 

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