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5 Tips to Driving Safely in the Rain

Long drives are a great way to relax—unless it’s rainy seasons. The roads are slick with water and the constant downpour visually impairs drivers. While it’s recommended you avoid driving in heavy rainfall, if rain is a constant factor in your area, it can’t be avoided.

Use these safety tips to make driving safer in rainy seasons.

Install new wiper blades

Wiper blades are your saving grace in rainy weather. They provide a clear vision and prevent the screen from getting dirty or blurry. Damaged or dirty wipers do more harm than good. One crocked wiper can leave you with a scarred windscreen in middle of a flooded highway. Instead of dealing with a costly windscreen repair, replace wipers, before the rainy season arrives.

Turn to headlights, not hazard lights

Let’s get one thing cleared; hazard lights should only be used to indicate a driving emergency like, failed brakes or a flat tire.

Some states consider use of hazard lights in non-emergency situation an illegal act. Avoid using hazard lights in rain. It’s not only unnecessary but can also blind other drivers.

Use normal headlights to navigate in rainy weather.

Take it slow

The mixture of water, oil, and dirt makes the road slick and slippery. It’s easier to lose control of the vehicle during rain.

Drive slowly and cautiously. Keep your eyes on the cars ahead. If you are driving slowly, hitting the brakes will be much easier.

Have an action plan for hydroplaning

Hydroplaning happens when the tires lose traction, after hitting a puddle or slick surface. Driver loses control of the car, as the wheels glide across a wet surface. Many drivers encounter hydroplaning during rainy days, which means you need to be prepared.

Firstly, drive slowly when the road is wet. If your car loses control, take your foot off the accelerator and keep the steering straight, until you regain control.

Red alert

Don’t lose focus of the road. Avoid distracted driving and keep your hands on the wheel at all times. If you feel tired or sleepy, make a stop, rest and continue your journey.

Use these tips to make roads safer during rainy weather. Enrol in accelerated or defensive driving classes to drive safely in any kind of weather.

A & J Driving School provides academic and practical driving classes in Edmonton area. Our experienced instructors have designed variety of driving courses such as, beginner, accelerated, intermediate, online, stimulator, classroom-only driving lessons, and defensive driving courses.  

We were ranked as the consumer’s #1 choice for driving school in greater Edmonton area for 4 consecutive years. Contact us now to get enrolled in our programs.

 

Should Your Teen be Taking Driver’s Ed yet?

Seeing your kid grow up into a mature adult is the ultimate reward of parenting. But letting go of some reins can be difficult for a parent.

According to a survey, the leading cause of death among youngsters aged 15-19 years old is car collision. After seeing countless accidents reported on news and online, letting your kid behind the wheel can be a nerve-racking experience.

You can’t keep your kids confined in the safety of your home. They need to learn and grow. If you believe your kid is old enough to sit behind a wheel, enroll them in a beginners’ driving course. Take these things into consideration to determine whether your teen is ready to take the wheel for a drive around the block.

Has my teen reached the legal driving age?

The legal driving age is different for every state. Consult your local authorities to learn about the legal driving age in your area.

Generally, a probationary driver’s licence is issued at the age of 16, given the person had a learner’s permit for one year.

A non-probationary driver’s licence is obtained after two years of probationary licence issuance. With a learner’s permit, a 14-year-old can learn how to drive under the guidance of an adult above the age of 18 years old. If your child has shown interest in driving, enrolling them in a driver’s-ed class is a great idea.

Is your teen mature?

Being a parent, you can assess your teen’s maturity in following rules and taking instruction.  Evaluate their school performance, punctuality, and decision-making skills.

All these qualities are put to a test on the road. If your kid is responsible enough to handle homework and doing house chores, he/she are more likely to be responsible on the road.

Do they follow pedestrian rules and pay attention to road signs, when crossing roads? Attention to detail is a necessary for road-skills. Your child’s maturity will play a huge role in making them a safe driver.

Can your teen concentrate?

If the cell phone is the sole attraction of your teen, then making them an attentive driver will take a lot of hard work. Driving demands focus and control.  

Is my teen alert and awake?

Driving can be stressful in traffic jams or during late-nights. Ask yourself, can your teen handle the stress? Can they remain alert at night? Can they be objective and not let their emotions get

in the way? If your teen practices a bad sleeping routine, encourage them to establish a proper sleeping routine, before enrolling them in a driving school. 

Do they have the time?

Driving is mastered with practice. Your teen needs to have the time to attend these driving classes. Schedule their after-school activities well to avoid overburdening them. You also need to practice with them. Providing some extra practice hours will increase  their confidence and improve their learning curve.

How can we help?

A & J Driving School provides academic and practical driving classes. Our experienced instructors have designed variety of driving courses such as beginner, accelerated, intermediate, online, stimulator, classroom-only driving lessons, and defensive driving courses.  

We were ranked as the consumer’s #1 choice for driving school in Edmonton Metropolitan Region for 4 consecutive years. Contact us now to get enrolled in our programs.

5 Practical Tips To Deal With Road Rage

When you are driving on a busy road, the last thing you want to do is lose your cool. Road rage is one of the most common causes of accidents. While the causes of road rage differ from driver to driver, it is crucial to stay calm and collected while driving.

If you are having trouble controlling your emotions while driving, these tips can help you:

Do not take it personally

When it comes to driving, a bit of compassion goes a long way. Try to be courteous driver. Setting a good example is crucial for others on the road as well.

If possible, avoid unnecessary conflicts. If you get into an argument with someone on the road, do not lose your temper. After all, you do not know this person personally.

Rule number one: do not take traffic problems personally.  Leave your personal feelings aside while driving.

Practice stress-reduction techniques

If you are getting anxious out on the road, pause for minute and breathe deeply. Practice breathing techniques regularly to calm your mind and focus better.

If you are not into deep breathing, simply listen to a soothing track to relax your mind. Also, make sure your seat is positioned comfortably.

Talk to a professional

It is time to be honest with yourself. Is road rage adversely affecting other areas of your life? Is it taking a toll on your health and happiness? Speak to a professional who can help you understand and cope with your negative feelings.

Be prepared

If you ever have to deal with a violent driver, report them to the police. Make sure your have number saved on your phone.

Most importantly, do not engage the aggressive driver. Stay inside the vehicle, roll up the windows and lock the doors.

Practice safe driving

No matter how many years you have been driving, road rage can affect anyone and at anytime. It is important to drive smartly and safety and avoid behaviors that others may find offensive.

For example, do not use obscene hand gestures while driving. Avoid speeding, tailgating or cutting lines. Always keep your eyes on the signals.

For more tips and tricks on enhancing your driving skills, check out our blog. We offer a wide range of driving courses in Edmonton, which includes 15-10 Accelerated Course, 15-16 Accelerated with Simulator Course, 15-14 no simulator, 15-20 Intermediate Course and 15-30 Beginners Course.

Common Causes of Car Crashes and How to Avoid Them

Have you or a loved one been involved in a car accident? No matter a person’s driving experience, anyone can get into a car accident. Of course, car accidents can lead to catastrophic consequences, which include fatal injuries, such as head or leg injuries, loss of earnings and more.

As a new driver, you need to understand the factors that may lead to car accidents. Knowing these causes can help you prevent a fatal car accident:

Distracted driving

Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents. Generally speaking, a distracted driver is someone who diverts attention from the road by engaging in other activities, such as texting while driving.

Whether you are eating food or using your phone, distracted driving could put your life in danger. Not to mention, your actions can be hazardous to the safety of fellow passengers and pedestrians.

Avoid using your phone while driving. Stay vigilant, calm and focused.

Speeding

Many young drivers love the thrill of driving at maximum speed. But, driving above the speed limit can kill. Keep an eye on the speed limit while driving and do not cross it.

Drunk driving

Drinking makes it difficult to focus and function properly. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is risky and can result in an accident.

If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may have to pay a hefty fine. If you have had some drinks, ask someone else to drive for you.

Crossing red lights

Running a red light can increase your risk of an accident. Check both ways for traffic as you approach the green signal. When you see a red light, stop your car.

Night driving

Driving at night can be challenging because of low visibility. Always keep your vehicle’s headlights one while driving at night.

A car accident can change your life forever.  To protect yourself, sign up for driving lessons at A&J Driving School.

At A&J Driving School, we provide a range of driving courses in Edmonton. Our driving programs are for beginners and advanced level students. We offer simulator training, 15-10 Accelerated Course, 15-16 Accelerated with Simulator Course, 15-14 no simulator, 15-20 Intermediate Course, 15-30 Beginners Course and more.

Whether you need to overcome your nerves behind the wheel or improve your driving skills, we can help you to become a safe and effective driver!

The Ultimate Guide To Defensive Driving

According to statistics, 1 in 3 Canadians suffer from road rage every month. And nearly 80 percent of Canadians admit to engaging in road rage behaviour.

Men are more vulnerable to engaging in rash behaviour when behind the wheel, than women, according to the study.

And only 15–20 percent of drivers don’t consider themselves vulnerable to aggressive driving and behaviour.

Road rage is not only problematic; it is also one of the leading causes of death in North America. With thousands of individuals dying because of aggressive behaviour by drivers, more and more institutes are hoping to create awareness about road safety.  

This is where defensive driving comes in. Defensive driving can help combat such behaviours and educate drivers about being cautious on the road.

Plenty of driving instates teach drivers how to drive carefully and some of them include it in the final exams.

At A&J Driving School, we focus on keeping drivers safe by providing an incredible defensive driving course.

What the Course Includes

  • Principles and foundations of defensive driving
  • Online defensive driving course
  • How to prevent and avoid collisions with drivers
  • Preventing accidents while passing and while being passed
  • Avoiding accidents at intersections
  • Preventing a single vehicle collision
  • Sharing the road
  • Case studies and written exams
  • Demonstrations, illustrations, and presentations in class
  • Special techniques to avoid collisions

These are just some of the things that will be included in the course. Other this, you will also be shown how to stay safe during harsh weather conditions, and what you should have in your survival kit in case you’re stuck somewhere or end up in an accident.

While most people are aware of the risks involved with speeding and DUIs, they’re unaware of the intensity of the consequences.

When another driver cuts them off, they are unable to control their anger, and take it out on the car. This is dangerous and can result in the death of an innocent civilian or animal crossing the road.

It’s also important to learn about traffic safety and how to drive safely on the highway. The Alberta Ministry of Transportation offers an array of resources for helping drivers be careful and safe on the road.

A driving school can help you learn to drive safely and give you tips about avoiding and preventing accidents. A&J Driving School is one of the leading driving schools in Edmonton that offers reliable driving programs. Enrol into our institute to improve your driving skills! We’ve been the winner of Edmonton’s Top Choice Award for over 5 years!

Feel free to reach out to us by calling (780) 486-5090 to learn more!  

How To De-Stress Before A Driving Test

Being nervous is normal and we all struggle with anxiety from time to time.

Will she say yes to an evening out with me?

How will he react when I give him the news?

I wonder if I’ll be selected for that job!

However, it affects some people more than others. Learning how to drive can be an adventure of a lifetime, but it can be a daunting experience if you know nothing about cars and where to start.

But don’t worry, remember that you don’t have to be perfect on the first day and everything is a learning process. The important thing is to be attentive and listen to the instructor, and the rest will come easy!

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can combat anxiety and stress before your first lesson:

Write Down Your Fears

What are you scared of? Is something bothering you? Write it down!

Are you scared of being scolded for not knowing what to do on your first day? Are you scared of messing up? Whatever your fears are, writing them down will help you understand them better.

You’ll also realize that all the things you are scared of are normal and that your instructor is there to help you, not make things worse.

Research, Research, Research!

Look into all that you need to know about cars and driving in general. You should also look into the laws by visiting the Alberta Ministry of Transportation’s website. In Canada, there are different levels of driver’s license.

 

You will first start with Class 7 and then move onto Class 5. Other classes are awarded to commercial drivers and medical experts.

Also check out traffic safety laws so that you’re prepared when your instructor asks you questions.

Use a Driving Simulator

A driving simulator can help you relax and give you a “real-life” feel of what to expect. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t be as nervous anymore. In fact, driving simulators are used by driving schools to help make the experience more comfortable.

Breathing Exercises Are Your Friend

Do some breathing exercises to calm your nerves. This will also ease your muscles and help you take control of the steering wheel. If you’re tensed, your muscles become stiff and that can interfere with your driving and concentration.

Inhale for 3–4 seconds and then exhale. Repeat for a few minutes and make sure you do this before you leave for your first lesson.

A&J Driving School is one of the leading driving schools in Edmonton that offers reliable driving programs. Enrol into our institute to improve your driving skills! We’ve been the winner of Edmonton’s Top Choice Award for over 5 years!

Feel free to reach out to us by calling (780) 486-5090 to learn more!