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Drowsy Driving - Safety Tips

Victor Lewin
Monday, January 22, 2018

With Canadians working longer hours, driving while drowsy is becoming increasingly problematic. Driver drowsiness occurs when a driver is too fatigued to be behind a wheel, putting other drivers at risk. Fatigue can cause lower reaction times and inattentiveness. Drowsiness increases the chance of an accident occurring so it’s important to recognize the signs of when you may be too tired to be behind the wheel.  ..


Victor Lewin
Friday, July 21, 2017

School’s out for summer and road trip season is upon us. Did you know that more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during the summer months than at any other time of the year? Alcohol, fatigue, and increased traffic all play a role in these often avoidable tragedies. No matter where you’re off to this year, we at Wagners want you to be safe. So take a couple of minutes to review the following hints and tips we’ve put together to help keep you that way:

Before You Go

Before you head out on the open road, have your vehicle checked to make sure everything is working as it should be. Check brakes, fluid levels and tire pressure. Make sure all of your lights and signals are in good working order. And be prepared for emergency – stock your vehicle with an emergency supply kit. Prepackaged kits are widely available online and in your local automotive and hardware stores, check them out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

While On the Road

Buckle up. Every time. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing you can do to keep both you and your passengers safe.

If you are travelling with children, everyone under the age of 13 should be seated in the backseat. If your children are young enough to require a carseat or booster seat, ensure that you have them secured in the appropriate seat, with appropriate restraints. If you aren’t sure, check with Transport Canada for more information:

Make sure not to leave children or animals unattended in a hot car. When it’s hot outside, the temperature inside a parked car, even if it’s in a shaded area, can rapidly reach levels that lead to heatstroke or even death.

Avoid distracted or impaired driving. Don’t text and drive, don’t drink and drive.

Drive defensively, be patient and share the road. Summer driving brings out all sorts of roadway users from pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to recreational vehicles and trailers. You may have to slow down and take your time. Relax. You’ll get to where you’re going eventually.

Most Importantly

Pack sunscreen and have some fun!


April Showers Bring May Flowers...

Victor Lewin
Sunday, May 07, 2017

…and changing driving conditions! Spring is finally here which means it’s time to take off your winter tires, roll down the windows, and hit the roads in search of some warm weather enjoyment. As the weather improves people begin to head outdoors. This means increased motorcycle and bicycle traffic on the road, and more children playing outside. We all want to keep our roads safe, so here are some helpful hints and tips to help you do that:  ..

Hold the Door, Winter is Coming!

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

After an unseasonably warm fall, temperatures are finally starting to drop. We can’t deny it any longer, winter is on its way. With that in mind, here is a list of helpful winter driving tips to keep you safe as the season changes:  ..

Police Crack Down on Distracted Driving

Victor Lewin
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Police in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada made a concerted effort to crack down on distracted driving over the recent holiday. Referred to as Operation Impact, the police initiative was focused on certain distracted driving behaviours that are known to increase the occurrence of car accidents. After months of educational campaigns on distracted driving, one sergeant said that it was time to enforce the laws.

2 Injured in Nova Scotia Car Crash, Driver Charged

Victor Lewin
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A man who was involved in a car accident in Nova Scotia on July 20 was charged for his involvement in the incident. According to the report, the collision took place on Highway 103 between Exits 10 and 11 at approximately 5:40 p.m. ..