Traffic violations and fines are not just inconveniences. If you accumulate enough violations, your driver’s licence can be taken away. Some traffic violations are also criminal offences covered under the Criminal Code of Canada. To have a clean driving record, keep the following points in mind.
Be aware of the driving laws in your province and in Canada.
Traffic laws in general are under the jurisdiction of each province’s Ministry of Transportation. Be up to date on your province’s laws by getting the relevant information from the Ministry.
In Canada, it is considered a criminal act to drive a motor vehicle when one is impaired by alcohol or drugs, or when one’s blood alcohol concentration is above 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood. Another criminal act related to driving is failing to stop and offer assistance when one is involved in an accident.
Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
As stated above, it is a criminal act to do so. In addition, you are more likely to be involved in a serious accident when you drive under an impaired condition.
Employ defensive driving techniques.
This includes being always aware of your surroundings, be they other vehicles, structures, or pedestrians. You are more likely to avoid causing harm to people and property if you do so.
Drive at the appropriate speed.
Driving too slowly may not only inconvenience other drivers, but can cause accidents as well. However, driving too quickly is also dangerous. Speeding is also one of the most common traffic violations. Know the speed limit and don’t exceed it.