Wednesday, February 6, 2013
On the Road
Safe & Fun Family Day Weekend
Some useful info from BCAA and Ford Canada
Released by BCAA, Burnaby BC/Web image
he British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) reminds drivers to rest up if you are taking a road trip this B.C. Family Day weekend.
A driver that is impaired by fatigue is just as dangerous as a driver that is impaired by alcohol.
How will you celebrate B.C.'s first Family Day? If you are planning a road trip to visit family or friends, remember to prepare yourself for the drive and rest up.
Unlike long road trips during the summer months, a road trip in the middle of February will have additional challenges for drivers.
Winter road conditions - rain, ice and snow, as well as the lack of daylight, mean that drivers have to be alert behind the wheel at all times. Fatigue can impair brain and body functions as much as alcohol does, and a driver that is impaired by fatigue is just as dangerous as a driver that is impaired by alcohol.
According to Police reported data between 2007 and 2011, there was an average of 820 fatigue‐related crashes, resulting in 560 injured victims, and 17 fatalities annually throughout B.C.
BCAA reminds drivers to pay attention to the warning signs of driving fatigue - blinking or yawning frequently, inability to remember the last stretch of road driven, difficulty concentrating, slowing down, and drifting over the centre line or on to the shoulder.
Tips for avoiding driver fatigue:
There are also normal, age-related changes in the amount of sleep, sleep patterns and sleep disorders that increase with age. The ability of healthy older adults to initiate and maintain a deep sleep decreases with age. This can cause fatigue and could be a serious risk for older drivers. There is also evidence that teens do not get enough sleep. A teen's lack of sleep may increase their risk of a crash.
For more information about driver fatigue and other road safety concerns visit BCAARoadSafety.com.
BCAA is one of the most trusted organizations in British Columbia, serving one-in-four B.C. households. With over 800,000 Members, BCAA provides an array of award-winning home, auto and travel insurance products and services, and roadside assistance. Members can also benefit from CAA Dollar rewards, savings on BCAA insurance products and exclusive offers at Show Your Card & Save locations throughout the province. BCAA has a proud history of serving British Columbians for over 105 years, over $400 million in annual sales, 27 locations and over 800 employees. BCAA has also received the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates award for "Highest Customer Satisfaction among Home Insurance Providers in Western Canada". To learn more about the benefits of BCAA Membership, visit bcaa.com. For more information on the BCAA Road Safety Foundation visit BCAARoadSafety.com.
On the Road
Ford of Canada plays Cupid by offering 6 tips to keep the love alive this Valentine's Day
Some great advice for couple and cars
Release Ford Canada/Web image
hat if your car could help keep the spark alive in your relationship? Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited wants to remind Canadian drivers of some unique vehicle features and technologies that can put the brakes on common car-travel arguments and help make this Valentine's Day the most romantic ever.
In-car arguments can take many forms, including disagreements over speed, parking prowess, temperature control and navigation. In fact, according to a recent study out of Great Britain and published in The New York Times, nearly 70 per cent of drivers admitted to being involved in an argument in a car at least once a month; 18 per cent confessed they had in-car fights at least once a week.
No matter where you're headed with your sweetheart this February 14th, Ford of Canada recommends the six easy tips below to ensure you both arrive as in love with each other as when you departed.
Show me the way to your heart:
Don't get hot and bothered:
Drive your partner wild:
Invest in your relationship...not the gas pump:
Make a true connection:
Tame your wandering eye:
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