Montreal car safety advice largely depends on the many different reasons for drivers having distractions. The most common causes for accidents being, in that order, smoking, using a smart phone, checking their GPS and eating and drinking.
Distracted driving is the main cause of car accidents mentioned by police officers. There are four types of distractions: visual, manual, cognitive and auditory.
Visual distractions such as eyes off the road, manual distractions such as hands off the wheel, cognitive distractions such as the mind off the task and auditory distractions such as listening to "something" not connected to driving.
There is a car seat for every age. Child safety and baby car seats correctly adapted to the child's weight and height and properly installed. Car seats called "convertible seats" that are adaptable to the various stages of the child's growth.
There are three types of convertible seats. The rear-facing car seat that becomes a front-facing car seat, the front-facing car seat that becomes a booster seat and the 3-in-1 car seat that starts as a rear-facing car seat, becomes a front-facing car set and then becomes a booster seat.
A booster seat being a seat that raises the child and that ensures that the seat belt is correctly adjusted so that it crosses over the middle of the shoulder and over the hips.
According to the Société de l'assurance automobile Québec, "a seat belt reduces by half the risk of being killed or seriously injured in an accident".
Drivers are responsible for ensuring that their passengers buckle up, especially since the number one step for safe driving is wearing a seat belt that, in most cases, will reduce by half the risk of being ejected during a car crash.
No passengers can be without a seat belt. The maximum number of passengers, despite his or her age, must be equal to the number of seats and to an equal number of properly fastened seat belts installed by the manufacturer.
Drivers who are impaired tend to take a cold shower, drink strong coffee or go for a a run. They think that car safety advice include eating a late-night poutine to diminish or eliminate their blood alcohol concentration but forget that other factors such as fatigue, drugs, medication, stress or illness amplify the effects of alcohol.
Cocktails are not always as light as they seem. Two ounces of alcohol mixed with fruit juice is still two ounces of alcohol. Plus, if you had too much to drink, waiting an hour will not change your condition.
The truth is, there are no tricks to accelerate the withdrawal of alcohol in your blood - only time does the trick. It's your liver that helps eliminate almost all the alcohol you drank so, to sober up, you have to wait for your liver to do its job.
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