There are many ways to get around – including driving, walking and biking. Transportation-related injuries are a big problem in Alberta.
Motor Vehicle Safety
Many adults drive every day. It may even be part of your job. It’s easy to forget that driving uses many skills, often at the same time.
Common reasons for motor vehicle injuries include being distracted, having drugs or alcohol in your system, being aggressive, being tired, not wearing a seatbelt and, not having enough training.
Take smart risks
to reduce injuries that have to do with any type of motor vehicle (e.g., car, truck, motorcycle).
Look first means you think ahead.
- Be alert – remember that you share the road with other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
- Make sure you can see the road clearly. Take time to clear ice, snow, and dirt from the windows and lights.
- When turning, look both ways for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Be patient, especially with children, older pedestrians, or adults with small children or strollers – they may need more time to cross the road.
- Slow down on residential streets and in school, playground, and construction zones.
- Proper training and practice can reduce the risk of injury.
- Take a defensive driving course, sign up for motorcycle training, and obey the rules of the road.
- Seat belts and child safety seats are two of the best safety devices ever invented – they save lives and prevent injuries.
- Wearing a seat belt is the law in Alberta. But it’s more than that: it just makes good sense. Make it a habit. It sets a good example for others, including your own children.
- When driving, be in complete control. This means, there is no place for drugs or alcohol in your system, being aggressive when driving, being tired, or distracted – you increase the risk of injuring yourself and others.
- Alberta’s distracted driving law restricts drivers from texting, reading, using hand-held cell phones, and other distracting activities while driving.