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space reduces the risk of hitting the
vehicle ahead if you are hit from behind.
This also allows you to move out of the
way of a vehicle that may be skidding or
slipping on ice behind you.

Plan ahead

Plan your travel route before you set out,
and keep it in mind as you drive.
Be sure you are in the proper lane well in
advance of your exit or turning location.
This will help you avoid making quick and
dangerous lane changes. If you miss your
exit or turn, continue on to the next exit
or intersection. Never drive your vehicle in
reverse on a roadway to return to a
missed exit or turn. Use your signal lights
to let other drivers know what you intend
to do.

Collision avoidance

Watch the road ahead and stay alert.
Watch for any possible problems. If you
must turn sharply to avoid something in
your lane, stay on your side of the yellow
line if possible.

You can learn more about proactive
driving and avoiding a collision by taking
an approved driver education course.
These courses, called Defensive Driving
Courses, are available throughout the
province from licensed driver training
schools and authorized agencies.

Maintain your following
time and distance

You should drive a minimum of two
seconds behind the vehicle ahead. This
is for normal road and weather
conditions. When conditions are less than
ideal, increase your following distance.

To know if you are two seconds behind
the vehicle in front of you, when it passes
a fixed object like a road marking or a
shadow on the roadway, start counting.
Count one-thousand-and-one, one
thousand-and-two. If the front of your
vehicle reaches the object before you are
finished counting, you are following too
closely. Reduce your speed and count
once more. The two-second rule works at
any speed.

An exception to this rule is for drivers
of large vehicles, such as motor homes. It
is recommended that you use a minimum
four-second following distance. 

Cellular phones and
other distractions

Do not use a cellular phone or other
electronic devices while driving. Using a
cellular phone to make or receive a call,
or to receive or send a text message is
a distraction that can take your attention
away from the demanding task of



Keep a minimum two second-distance when following another vehicle.

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