DID YOU KNOW?

in 2017, 83.7% of collisions involved at least one driver who committed a driver error.

As a driver, you're a key part of decreasing the number of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads. Pay attention to your actions and take responsibility for making safe choices.

COMMON DRIVER ERRORS

Following too closely: Often called 'tailgating,' following too closely means you're not leaving enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. This can be fatal, since you won't have enough time to stop if the vehicle ahead stops suddenly. In ideal road and weather conditions, drive at least two seconds behind the vehicle ahead. Increase this to at least four seconds if you're driving a large vehicle like a motor home. You should also leave room in front of you when you're stopped at an intersection - this allows you to move out of the way of a hazard if necessary and reduces the chance you'll hit the vehicle ahead if you are hit from behind.

If the vehicle behind you is following too closely, try reducing your speed just enough to encourage them to pass. DO NOT slam on your brakes! If the person does not pass, create a larger space between you and the vehicle ahead of you so they know they have enough room. If the person still does not pass, find a safe place to pull over to allow the person behind you to continue.

Running off the road: A range of factors, including speed, road conditions, weather, braking or accelerating too quickly, and tire condition can increase the chance that you lose control of your vehicle. Watch the road ahead of and around you and look for possible problems, such as icy patches, wildlife, other vehicles, or hazards on the road. Ensure your vehicle and tires are maintained in good working order. Check the weather and road conditions before you head out. And make sure to decrease your speed and increase your following distance when road and weather conditions are not ideal.

Turning left across traffic: When traffic approaches from more than one direction, drivers often misjudge the the time and space they need to turn. Small vehicles in particular, such as motorcycles, tend to appear farther away than they actually are. Remember that a driver turning left across the path of an oncoming vehicle must not turn until it is safe. Be sure you have enough room and time before starting your turn.

If you are waiting behind someone turning left across traffic, be patient. Do not honk or crowd them, as that could make them nervous or agitated which may lead them to make a poor decision about whether it is safe to turn.

BE THE CHANGE

Every road user shares in the responsibility to reduce the number and severity of collision-related casualties in Alberta. One thing you can do immediately is make safer choices and practice safer driving habits. Leave enough time to get to your destination. If you are running late, accept that tailgating or speeding will not really get you there any faster and only increase your chances of being in a collision. Pay attention to the road and drive proactively to anticipate hazards and reduce or avoid dangers before they occur.



LEARN MORE

Visit 511.alberta.ca for up-to-date road information, including traffic delays and road construction.

Check out the Alberta Motor Association's "fail"gating campaign and tips on how to handle failgating.