One thing that tends to intimidate new drivers is the fear of unexpected occurrences happening when they are behind the wheel. They may wonder what they should do if there is an erratic driver ahead of them on the road or if their own brakes fail and they cannot stop. Thankfully, unusual driving situations are rare in Ontario. The province was recently named as having the safest roads in North America and its road rules are well laid out in laws and traffic acts. However, there still are some unusual situations new drivers may experience for which they should prepare. We have detailed three below in this blog and what drivers should do to solve or avoid them.
Animals on the road
According to the Ontario Driver’s Handbook, vehicle collisions with animals are a growing problem in Ontario. There are several recommended steps drivers can take to reduce their chances of hitting an animal with their car. – Reduce speed at night, in rain and in fog. These types of adverse conditions reduce your visibility and can limit a driver’s chance of spotting an animal on the road. – Watch for glowing orbs at the side of the road. These are likely the eyes of an animal that may dart out in front of your vehicle. If a driver sees these, they should adjust their speed accordingly, cover their brake and be ready to stop. – Use their car’s high beams when it is safe to do so and periodically look at both sides of the road ahead.
They Cannot Stop their Vehicle
Life is generally not like the movies. There is Little chance new drivers will have to deal with an antagonist cutting their brake line and then watching as they and their car careen down a hill before launching into a bay with a big splash. However, there are cases where drivers may find they cannot stop their vehicle due to other rare circumstances. Sometimes, a car accelerator may become stuck on a after market floor mat, a shoe may become wedged under the accelerator pedal or the pedal itself might be faulty. Whatever the case is, if they find they cannot stop their car the Ontario driver’s handbook suggests they follow these steps to solve the problem: – Drivers should try and use their foot to lift the pedal from underneath, but should not attempt to fix the stuck accelerator with their hands while driving! – Turn on their hazard lights – Shift their car to neutral – Apply the brakes – Look for a way to exit off road. – Once they have stopped, turn the ignition off and do not drive away – Call for help.
There is an erratic driver on the road
Sooner or later, all drivers meet an aggressive driver on the road. They may experience a car following them too closely, a vehicle changing lanes abruptly, or another driver going through a yellow or red light. While drivers are generally recommended to remain calm in such situations, If a driver is swerving across lanes, travelling well above the speed limit, or in any way endangering the safety of the drivers around them there are steps, from that concerned drivers can take to keep themselves, and all of us on the roads, safer. – Stay as far away from the vehicle as possible. – Do not try and tell the driver to pull over, this could result in a collision or unwanted road rage. We hope this blog post will help drivers prepare for some of the unusual circumstances they may face while driving a vehicle. To be fully prepared, we suggest drivers take our innovative Safestart program. Safestart mixes in class, virtual, and in car lessons to give new drivers in London, Ontario one of the best driving instruction program possible! Contact us now for more information at: (519)719-0438.