Summer Road Trip Driving Tips

Now that the kids are done school, you might have the car packed to head out of town for the family summer road trip.  No one wants to have a roadside visit with law enforcement, which can lighten your wallet or worse, having your vehicle impounded and towed.  For the best road trip possible, here are some tips to avoid seeing the red and blue lights:

  1. Try to blend into the camouflage of the local traffic.  While this may be easier said that done in an unfamiliar area, try adapting your driving style and behaviours to those around you.
  2. SPEEDING.  Drive according to the posted speed limits and for the driving condition.  It's important to note that in some jurisdictions, not only can you get demerit points added to your licence, law enforcement may also have the ability to impound your vehicle.  
  3. Failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or traffic light can also grant you a visit with the local police.  Every community has those corners where the majority of people will do a "rolling stop" and the local police will likely sit and watch.
  4. Not wearing your seat belt.  Some police services are now employing officers at red lights disguised as the homeless guy who wants to wash your windows.  
  5. Improper turns can also get you stopped.  This may be a simple as turning into the wrong lang or from the wrong lane.  Also, turning on a yellow may attract attention.
  6. Running a red light.  This can be one of the most dangerous infractions as if you turn left on a yellow, the guy going straight through the intersection may also think he's got time.  Even if you think you've made it safely through, you may be getting a surprise in the mail when you get home.
  7. Distracted Driving.  More and more jurisdictions are enacting laws regarding using your cell phone or other handheld devices when you're behind the wheel.  You may also get nabbed at a red light some that uncover homeless man.
  8. Failure to yield to emergency vehicles.  Not only are you required to slow down to a certain speed when passing emergency vehicles that are pulled over, some jurisdictions require a full lane separation between passing vehicles and emergency vehicles on the side of the road.  
  9. Aggressive driving can not only cause distress to the other vehicles on the road but will likely cause attention of the police.  Aggressive driving such as tailgating, sudden braking, etc. can increase the risk of a collision (and possibly end your road trip in a tragic accident).
  10. If you're towing a trailer or a load, ensure that everything is well secured.  What may look well secured parked in front of your house can be a completely different story at highway speeds.  
  11. Outstanding tickets and fines can also get your vehicle stopped.  If an officer's electronic partner signals that your licence plate has outstanding tickets, there's a good chance you will be stopped.  To avoid any problems with this one, make sure any outstanding fines are cleaned up, registration and insurance paperwork is in order and your driver's licence is current.