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Some good habits are slowly disappearing from our streets. Can you still pass a simple driver's test?

School is in! Now that the summer is winding down, it’s time to give Regina drivers a POP QUIZ! Take a quick quiz to see if you can still pass your Driver’s Test. Rules change and have been changing frequently over the past decade with new changes to the Graduated Licence Program for new drivers and introducing roundabouts. See how well you would do on a driver’s test today! (PS. These questions should be super easy.)

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How Did You Do?

Did you pass?? I hope so! Let’s be clear here, all drivers can use a little reminder about how the rules of the road work. Even the most experienced drivers make mistakes sometimes but when drivers are intentionally making errors, it can have tragic outcomes. The questions in this quiz came directly from SGI’s Driver Handbook for 2017. Let’s talk about some of the major issues we have here in Regina.

Driving Under The Influence

Drinking and driving do not mix. It’s never okay to drive after you’ve been drinking. The risk of hurting yourself or someone else is far too great than to just call a cab, friend, or family member to pick you up. With the new marijuana laws coming into effect, we should also mention that it’s not ideal to smoke weed and drive either. The implications are the same as drinking so make sure you are aware of the new laws and how they may affect you. And don’t even think about smoking weed and drinking – that’s actually multiplying the effects of both and making the risk of a crash exponentially higher. Police are highly trained to recognize impairment, and as of Sept 1, 2018, there are changes to impaired driving laws as a whole (a positive change that will hopefully deter people from driving under the influence).

Careless Driving

We’ve talked about distracted driving before – it’s just dumb. There is absolutely nothing that you should risk safety for, whether it is a text, Snapchat, or email. I’ve witnessed countless drivers still holding their phone to their face to talk! HELLO?! It’s illegal. You will get a ticket. Regina Police are working hard to get drivers to stop using their phone when behind the wheel and while they’re doing what they can, it’s a driver’s responsibility to prevent this. It’s so simple. Put your phone away and out of reach. If you have to answer something, pull over safely to the right of the road and put your car in park.

Simple Mistakes

In a small city like ours, it’s easy to get from one place to another in a reasonable amount of time. Unless there is something major (construction or traffic delays from an accident) I can usually get anywhere in the city in about 15-20 minutes. So here are some reminders of the little things people don’t do, but really need to:

  • Shoulder check!!! A quick check saves you from cutting off and/or sideswiping a fellow driver.
  • SIGNAL. That magical light informs your fellow drivers of your intentions so they can react accordingly. Signal before changing lanes and before turning. Pro tip: turn your signal on before you turn… Not as you are turning. Kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think?
  • Merge at the speed of traffic. When you’re heading onto Ring Road, make sure you speed up to match traffic. Merging at 65 when the rest of traffic is going 100 is dangerous. The traffic behind you also isn’t merging at the right speed and when you do finally get onto Ring Road, the traffic will have to go around you or brake to avoid colliding with you. So please, do everyone a favour, and merge at merging speed.
  • STOP. Don’t just yield. Stop. Rolling through a stop sign is a ticketable offence. It’s also dangerous if you’re not paying attention.
  • Speaking of stop signs, let’s talk about 4-way stops. As a courtesy, the first driver to stop proceeds first. Pro tip: if you stop properly at the indicated stop line, you will probably go first! Stopping nearly in the middle of the intersection of a 4-way stop is not useful and blocks the views of everyone else there. Of course, if two or three people stop at the same time, the driver on the right has the right of way.

 

Just a few minor changes to these driving habits could change the outcome of several potential collisions. We want you to be safe on the road, and incorporating new, good habits will help you react in a reasonable amount of time.

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