In today’s interconnected world, there are more hazards on the road than ever before. Dangerous behaviour can lead to serious accidents that can be damaging to vehicles, drivers and passengers. Here are a few safety tips to help you avoid any serious accidents on the road.

Technology and Your Vehicle

Technological advances have made our lives more convenient (and fun), but they also present a danger on the road. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash compared to non-texting drivers.

Now there’s a new threat on the road, possibly more dangerous than texting: Several car accidents throughout the country have already been reported due to the release of the new augmented reality game Pokémon Go a few weeks ago.

More and more people are glued to their cellphones these days. Give yourself a break from technology and prevent road accidents by keeping your phone in your pocket while you drive.

Modern Car Maintenance

The best way to avoid unforeseen breakdowns or vehicle damage is to have your car regularly inspected and repaired.  Standard routine vehicle maintenance includes:

  • Changing your oil, engine coolant, transmission fluid and brake fluid
  • Having your tires balanced and aligned
  • Changing your seasonal tires at the appropriate time

Old school convention says that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles (4,800 KM), but this rule is becoming increasingly outdated. Modern cars can usually sustain more mileage before they need an oil change. Consult your owner’s manual to find out how often you should have your car inspected and repaired.

Today’s fast-paced world can make for reckless drivers. In Alberta, the number of car accident fatalities went from 358 in 2013 to 369 in 2014, an increase of over 3% in just one year.

Accidents on the road can be devastating and cost you significant amounts of time, energy and money. These days, it’s more important than ever to follow safety precautions while driving.

If you ever find yourself stuck with a broken down vehicle, City Wide Towing can get you and your car out of harm’s way. We are an experienced towing service that can handle a range of vehicles, from small cars to trucks to antique and collectable cars. Contact us at City Wide Towing for professional and courteous towing services.