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Sharing the Road


Everyone is on the go nowadays. We all have important places to be that we should have arrived at ten minutes ago, so it’s understandable that we get frustrated in traffic. However, for some, simple etiquette and courtesy have long since been forgotten. We’ve rounded up some great tips to help you fall in love with driving again (yes, even on Deerfoot Trail) and to make your commutes safer and less stressful.

  1. Don’t tailgate!

    In theory, everyone knows to maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. But in reality, some of us like to be a little too close for comfort. Inching your way closer to the vehicle ahead will not, surprisingly, make them move any faster. And furthermore, tailgating is dangerous. Following too close to someone can make it difficult for you to see what’s in front of their vehicle―and if they have to stop suddenly, it’ll be your vehicle that’ll be bumping into them if you can’t brake in time. By following the 3 second rule you can help maintain your vehicle’s exterior, as your front end will not be sprayed with rocks and debris from the car ahead.

  2. Signal, signal, signal!

    Believe it or not, but not all of us are mind-readers. Giving other drivers a heads up on what you’re about to do is welcome, if not encouraged. Using your turn signals to indicate where you’re going is such an easy way to avoid an accident!

  3. Give a wave!

    We were raised to say “please” and “thank you” but many of us somehow forget those manners upon getting into our vehicles. So when someone does something nice for you on the road―like letting you to merge ahead of them, etc.―say “thank you” by giving them a wave. Such a simple gesture can improve that person’s mood significantly and who doesn’t love sharing a bit more love?

  4. But don’t be overly polite…

    You’re a nice person and you want to help everyone, right? But by letting ten cars in ahead of you doesn’t actually help anyone. Instead, follow the zipper-merging method. Let one car in, drive on and then the person behind you will let the next vehicle in. Think of it as a zipper on a jacket―in order for it function properly, the teeth must alternate to allow everyone to fit perfectly.

  5. Turn off your brights!

    High beams are essential for late night drives, but are a hazard for oncoming traffic. They can be blinding to other drivers so remember to turn them off temporarily as oncoming traffic pass by.

  6. Parking peeves!

    Stealing is stealing, whether it’s an apple or a parking spot. It’s the worst feeling, waiting patiently for a parking spot to become available, only to have someone else steal it. And speaking of parking, don’t take up two parking spaces! If you have a larger vehicle, park at the back of the lot to allow more vehicles to park up front.

  7. Don’t litter!

    Not only is throwing garbage out the window harmful to the environment, it can also be harmful to other drivers. You would hate to have your vehicle hit with someone else’s trash, so be courteous of others.

  8. Know your lane!

    We have passing and slow lanes for a reason, so know what speed you are driving and travel in the correct lane. If you need to brush up, remember―right lane is for slower traffic and the left lane is for passing traffic. Don’t cruise in the passing lane! This can be dangerous as vehicles behind you could be driving much faster than you are.

  9. Make a quick exit!

    When exiting a ramp, merge as quickly as you can into the new traffic lane. Don’t stop at the end! Not only does stopping make it difficult to merge and holds up traffic, but it’s also dangerous as drivers behind you aren’t prepared for you to stop.

  10. Move to the side!

    It’s okay―accidents happen. But following a fender bender, remember to move your vehicles off to the side of the road to allow traffic to keep moving. Once you’re in a safer location, assess the vehicles, exchange information and contact police and your insurance companies if necessary.

It’s a lot to remember, we know. But following these tips will help make your commutes infinitely better―for you and your fellow commuters. Let’s keep sharing the love in our city, any way we can!

5 Free Apps All Drivers Need

In a world where distracted driving is being punished (and rightly so!), you might think it odd for us to talk about five cell phone apps we encourage you to download. But these aren’t like most apps out there ― they’re specifically designed to make the most of your car drives and your vehicle itself. From finding you the cheapest gas station nearby to aiding in keeping you focused on the road ahead, here’s our list of recommended free apps.



Save money and time with this nifty little app. Wherever you are in North America, GasBuddy will show you the ten nearest gas stations and their current prices, so you can pick the cheapest place to fill up. The prices are updated by other GasBuddy users and those who post gas prices they come across are entered for a chance to win $100 free gas daily.


Ideal for parents of teen drivers, this app lets you always be in the know. Canary will notify you when your teen is texting, calling, tweeting or anything else on their phone while the car is in motion, as well as alerts you when they’re speeding over your preset maximum limit. Feel more at ease when your child leaves the house thanks to this great app.


Perfect for road trips or even if you’re just in a foreign part of town, AroundMe is the best app to find what you’re looking for. Whether you are looking for a spot to eat, something fun to do, a bank or a hotel (or anything in between), simply search for it and the app will provide you with tons of nearby options.


This app is geared towards helping you track your fuel mileage, which will give you the tools to monitor changes to your driving habits and to the health of your vehicle. Fuelly was designed for users to track, share and compare their vehicle’s fuel consumption and costs, saving you money over time.


A tool to prevent distracted driving, OneTap was actually designed in Calgary. It detects when you’re driving and automatically silences calls, alerts and notifications. Android users also get the added bonus of the app sending out instant replies to calls and text messages, informing the other person that you’re driving. And like Canary, it also has the ability to check in on your kids to ensure they’re driving safely.


Remember: only use these apps when you’re not driving. If you need to use GasBuddy or AroundMe, pull over to park your car first.

Comment below which driving/car app your favourite is and if we missed one, let us know!