Getting safely to cottage country.
- Dark country roads on a Friday night are not the time for you to show off how fast you can get to the cottage. Take your time, go the speed limit and arrive safely to enjoy a beautiful Saturday morning.
- To get rid of the tailgater or a conga line of cars behind you, with their headlights reflecting in your mirror and blinding you, don’t be tempted to speed up. Maintin the speed limit, and safely change lanes. If you can’t change lanes, he/she will probably get fed up with your slower pace and pass you.
- Use small towns as an opportunity to let the tailgater/conga line pass you. Slow down when you start to see a town in the distance and pull into a driveway or store parking lot. You will at least get a reprieve for a little while before the next “must-get-to-the-cottage-ASAP!” driver starts tailgating you.
- If you haven’t had the opportunity to nap during the day and are driving at night, or have a tendency to be narcoleptic, reconsider leaving the driving to someone else, or leave after you’ve had a chance to shut down for a couple hours. Fuel up on caffeine, and pace yourself in drinking that coffee as a steady stream of caffeine into your system will keep you buzzing most of the route. Luckily in Canada we have so many Tim Horton’s coffee shops that it’s easy to get our coffee fix in almost every big town and service stop before hitting the deserted country roads and highways.Make sure whoever is in the car with you is willing and able to drive in the event that an alternate is needed. Switching half-way through the trip is a good idea.
- Listen to music, but be careful of your genre selection. While relaxing music may help with your stress level on your white-knuckle drive, it will also put you to sleep.
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