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Blind Spot for a Driver – What Does It Mean and When To Check?

As a driver, you must know where the blind spots are around your car. Being aware of it can help you protect yourself from easily avoidable accidents. In a driving school, instructors use the term ‘blind spot’ several times while teaching. But what does it mean? Where are they located?


Well, if you are not familiar with this term, read this blog. Here, we have brought out some relevant information regarding the blind spot. So, keep reading!


What Is a Blind Spot?


The side mirrors and rearview mirrors will give you a good view around your car while driving. But there are some areas that the mirrors don’t cover, which are referred to as blind spots. A blind spot is actually an area of the road that is outside the vision of the driver. These areas cannot be seen through windows and mirrors.


Hence, before starting your journey, check whether you can see the behind and both the sides of your car through mirrors. If not, adjust them accordingly.


If you see on the back left of the large vehicle, you will notice a message ‘blind spot, take care’. It means the blind spots on a large vehicle are bigger than on others.


Where Are the Blind Spot Located?


Blind spots are all around your car. The larger and taller the vehicle is, the bigger the blind spots are. But their location and size vary according to the type of the vehicle. The main blind spots are located at the rear, on the sides, in the front, and behind the windshield pillar of the car.


When You Should Check Your Blind Spots


When driving, it’s imperative to be aware of what’s around you to keep you and other road users safe. But the time when it’s important to check your blind spots is:

  • When another car moves into your lane
  • Before changing lanes
  • While turning into a road
  • At a junction

Hope, this information will give you a clear description of blind spots. So, wait no more! If you want to become a successful driver, book online and enrol your name in our school. Read our other blogs to know more about us!

3 Signs You Should Improve Your Driving Techniques

Driving a car is not an easy task. A small mistake may lead you to become a victim of an accident. That is why one shouldn’t come on the road without having an experience in car driving. On the other hand, if you drive a vehicle after a long time, you may need to brush up your skills for efficient driving. In addition, you must be well versed with driving rules. Below are the signs you should improve your driving techniques.

When You Should Improve Your Driving Techniques


You Commit to a Lot of Mistakes When Driving



If you are new to car driving, the chance is high that you may commit mistakes. Do you suddenly stop your car without warning? This can be a big mistake, which may even lead you to encounter a mishap. Most importantly, you must be aware of the seating position. Always keep your waist straight while driving. And don’t forget to fasten the seat belt.

You Cannot Handle Tough Driving Conditions



Tough driving conditions may take place due to severe weather conditions. It can be snow, rain or storm. Besides, the damaged road can also make it difficult to drive your car properly. When driving, you may encounter unexpected situations, like a tire blowing out, which will leave you stranded on the midway. Hence, if you are not confident in handling these circumstances, enrol yourself in a driving school.

You Weave Between Lanes



Weaving happens when you move back and forth quickly between lanes. And remember, it’s a form of aggressive and reckless driving. It’s illegal. Changing lanes constantly and passing between cars at high speed can cause accidents. Signalling incorrectly when changing lanes can be dangerous, especially if you fail to check mirrors.


Hence, to deal with these challenges and become a successful driver, get trained under qualified driving instructors. And that’s what we have. So, wait no more! Contact us immediately! The driving programs we offer are made for beginners to experienced learners.

5 Most Common Mistakes a New Driver Usually Makes

New Driver


There is no denying that novice drivers are at a high risk of getting involved in an accident. According to research, the number of accidents caused by new drivers is four times greater than that of experienced drivers.


Driving a vehicle is not rocket science. When you handle steering for the first time, everything may seem tricky. It’s natural! Hence, let us tell you some common mistakes that new drivers commit so that you can avoid them when driving.

Avoid These Mistakes When Driving


Placing Feet on the Clutch Pedal



As a car driver, you should maintain the speed limit and avoid accelerating or stopping the car suddenly. Hence, it’s best not to place your feet on the clutch pedals. Otherwise, it can cause them to deteriorate prematurely. If you drive your vehicle at the right speed, you need not use the clutch.

Trying to Overtake



This mistake can be majorly responsible for an accident. Hence, it’s a must to maintain the right distance from the vehicle moving ahead of your car. Otherwise, look at the number of street strips between your vehicle and the car ahead. If a car in front of you is running slow, ensure the street strips between these two cars are visible.

Not Being Attentive When Turning Your Car



Most accidents usually take place when turning the car in a particular direction and changing lanes. New drivers are typically unconscious while making a turn. Hence, when turning your car, if you find an electric pole and tree on the side of the road, turn your car without raging into the object.

Not Sitting Properly



The right sitting position is truly essential when driving a car. Many experienced drivers even do not sit properly due to a lack of control and comfort. And that is one of the main reasons for increased accidents. Hence, keep your waist straight always when driving. And don’t forget to fasten your seat belt.

Distractions



New drivers are not aware of the dangers caused by incorrect driving. They often violate traffic rules and play songs at full volume. Some drivers even talk on their cell phones when driving. Kindly avoid doing these! Any form of distraction can increase the chance of being involved in an accident.


Hence, to avoid any unwanted incident, it’s best to enrol your name in a reliable driving school, like us, to learn car driving. We have a team of highly trained instructors who will train you with the utmost care. And keep these things in mind to safeguard your life.

Winter Driving Tips

Winter driving can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when conditions are snowy or icy. If road conditions are dangerous, consider making alternate travel arrangements or postponing your trip until conditions improve.

Follow these steps to keep yourself safe and collision free during the next few blustery winter months.

Step 1: Make sure that your vehicle is prepared for winter driving.
  • Winter tires are a good option, as they will provide greater traction under snowy or icy conditions.

  • Keep a snow brush/scraper in your car, along with possible emergency items such as a lightweight shovel, battery jumper cables, and a flashlight.

  • Make sure that mirrors, all windows, and the top of your vehicle, are free of snow or frost before getting onto the road.

Step 2: Drive smoothly and slowly
  • Don’t make any abrupt turns or stops when driving. Doing so will often cause your vehicle to lose control and skid.

  • Driving too quickly is the main cause of winter collisions. Be sure to drive slowly and carefully on snow and ice covered roads.

Step 3: Don’t tailgate.
  • Tailgating becomes much worse in winter weather. Stopping takes much longer on snowy and icy roads than on dry pavement, so be sure to leave enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Step 4: Brake before making turns.
  • Brake slowly to reduce speed before entering turns. Once you have rounded the corner you can accelerate again.

Step 5: Learn how to control skids.
  • When skidding, you actually need to go against your natural instincts and turn into the skid and accelerate. Doing so transfers your vehicle’s weight from the front to the rear and often helps vehicles to regain control.

Step 6: Lights On.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

Step 7: No Cruise Control.
  • Never use cruise control if conditions are snowy, icy, or wet, because if your car hydroplanes, your car will try to accelerate and you may lose control of your vehicle.

Step 8: Don’t “pump” the brakes.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), do not “pump” the brakes. Apply constant pressure and let the system do its work.

Step 9: Pay attention.
  • Manoeuvres are more difficult to make in the snow. Be sure to anticipate what your next move is going to be to give yourself lots of room for turns and stopping.

Alberta NEW Rules for Impaired

Zero tolerance program

Drivers under the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program found to have any amount of cannabis or illegal drugs in their blood are now subject to the same provincial sanctions that apply to alcohol, including:

  • immediate 30-day licence suspension

  • immediate 7-day vehicle seizure

  • must remain in GDL program for 2 years and have no suspensions in the last year to graduate from the program

GDL drivers who meet the requirements for criminal level impaired driving will be subject to any and all provincial sanctions and criminal penalties that apply.

Licence suspension program

All drivers who are reasonably believed to be criminally impaired, who fail or refuse to provide a fluid sample, or are found to be over the legal limits for alcohol, cannabis or cannabis/alcohol combination, will be subject to the following sanctions:

  • immediate 90-day licence suspension

  • immediate 3-day vehicle seizure (7 day for a second and subsequent occurrence)

  • one-year participation in a provincial ignition interlock program

Drivers who do not participate in the ignition interlock program will remain suspended for the year.

These sanctions are in addition to criminal charges and any and all penalties imposed by the court. There are no changes to the post-conviction requirements.

Blood-drug concentration limits

Alberta’s alcohol- and drug-impaired driving offences and sanctions have been updated to align with new federal drug laws, which came into effect on June 21, 2018.

Changes include:

  • new drug-impaired driving offences with specified blood-drug concentration (BDC) limits for several illicit drugs and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main mind-altering ingredient found in cannabis

  • updated criminal penalties for impaired driving

Drug-impaired driving has been a criminal offence for decades. What’s new are the blood-drug concentration limits for cannabis and cannabis/alcohol combination.

These limits are similar to the existing .08 percent blood alcohol concentration for criminal-level alcohol-impaired driving. If you are found driving over the criminal limits, you are considered impaired behind the wheel.

Table 1: New blood-drug concentration limits

Blood concentration level Federal criminal penalty *

2 nanograms (ng) per millilitre (ml)
but less than 5 ng/ml THC Maximum $1,000 fine (summary conviction)

5 ng/ml or more THC **

OR

2.5 ng/ml or more THC combined
with 50 mg/100ml or more alcohol

1st offence: Minimum $1,000 fine

2nd offence: Mandatory 30 days imprisonment

3rd offence: Mandatory 120 days imprisonment

* Penalties are more serious for drivers who have high levels of impairment or who injure or kill others while driving impaired, and those who are repeat offenders.

** This section also includes penalties for exceeding any blood drug concentration as established in federal regulations. THC is the only drug with established time limits at this time. Limits for illegal drugs may follow.

Survivor in crash that killed 2 Alberta teens recalls ‘blowing a stop sign’ at trial

A man accused in a Canada Day crash in central Alberta that killed two teenagers and severely injured two others has pleaded not guilty.

Dylan James Beauclair, who is 21, is charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death and two more of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

His trial began Thursday in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench before a judge alone.

Ashleigh Smith, who was 16 and from Springbrook, Alta., and 18-year-old John Dolliver from Penhold, Alta., died on July 1, 2016, in a late-night single-vehicle accident east of Red Deer.

Mounties said at the time that two occupants were ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene, while two others were injured and taken to hospital.

A fifth occupant who was not ejected was also taken to hospital but was released a short time later.

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The first witness called by the Crown was one of the people in the car the night of the crash.

Lexie Martin testified that the group planned to attend the Canada Day fireworks in nearby Sylvan Lake before attending a party back in Red Deer.

But it started to rain, Martin recalled, so they decided to go straight to the party.

Shaylene Taberner, who was Beauclair’s girlfriend and now lives with him, testified she was supposed to be the designated driver that evening. But she and Beauclair got into a “huge fight” after her father called her and told her to come home. She said he was upset that she was out with Beauclair.

The group suggested Beauclair take the wheel, Taberner testified, but she couldn’t recall much more than that.

“I faintly remember blowing a stop sign. Then I remember waking up and a nice lady was holding my hand,” she told court.