Drive Smart tips
Drive Smart is about more than just knowing the rules of the road. It’s about how you stay focused and look out for the safety of others. It’s about being aware of how your state of mind can affect your driving and the decisions you make behind the wheel.
Everyone has a part to play in keeping our roads safe. If we want everyone else to Drive Smart, we first need to start with ourselves.
Take responsibility for keeping our roads safe and brush up on your driving smarts now!
Know the rules of the road
Do you think you would pass the knowledge test today? Give the practice test a try now and get a refresher on the rules of the road.
Think you know your road signs? Take our quick Road signs test to find out!
Driving is an ongoing skill to improve on. To brush up on safe driving practices and techniques, check out our driving guide, Tuning up for drivers. It’s not only for drivers getting ready for their road test, but also for anyone who just wants to review their skills.
Stay focused behind the wheel
Sometimes we cut corners when we’re in a hurry and forget to do the little things that keep us safe on the road – things like signalling, shoulder-checking, or backing up without checking your mirrors.
Even if you think no one is around you, it’s important to stay alert and maintain your safe driving habits at all times.
Check your attitude
Having the right mindset can make a big difference to how you drive. If you’re often feeling impatient, frustrated or anxious behind the wheel, you may want to reflect on how your state of mind is impacting your driving – and what you can do about it.
Listen to your instinct before you get behind the wheel. If you’re tired, ill or emotionally upset consider taking a break from driving. Emotions and attitudes impact driving abilities.
Drive Smart tips
- It can wait: No call or text is so important it’s worth risking your life. When driving, leave your phone alone.
- Scan intersections: Approach intersections with caution and look out for other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Yield the appropriate right-of-way.
- Let others into your lane: Don't speed up as someone is trying to pass you. Help the other driver get into your lane by slowing down and making room. And if you’re let in, say thanks with a courtesy wave.
- Plan ahead: Allow extra time to get to your destination. Avoid the need to rush by planning your route in advance. Be realistic about your travel time. If you're going to be later than expected, be patient and accept the delay.
- Drive Smart: Every driver has the responsibility to know your part, follow the rules of the road and help keep everyone safe.