Common Driving Myths in Alberta

One of the most significant dangers on the road is illegal driving behaviour, which can cause accidents that put other people’s lives at risk. That being said, there are many driving myths that aren’t illegal but still pose a significant risk to drivers on the road.

In this blog, we will explore the myths surrounding illegal driving behaviour, delve into the reasons why ill-advised driving behaviours are dangerous, and examine the consequences that can result from them. By understanding the risks associated with these behaviours, we can become better drivers and help make the road safer for everyone.

Driving With Interior Lights On

Many of us have heard at some point in our lives that driving with your interior lights on is illegal. This is false. There are many reasons why driving with your interior lights on is ill-advised but not illegal.

Driving with your interior lights on at night can be hazardous; the light might affect your vision or reflect off your windshield wiper and impair your ability to see the road ahead. It can, in some cases, be reasonably argued that this is distracted driving.

Driving Barefoot

The myth circulating that driving barefoot is illegal is just that: a myth. There is no Canadian law that states you cannot drive a car or a motorcycle barefoot, nor is there a law that limits you from the type of footwear you need to wear when driving.

Keep in mind that driving in slippers, sandals, or flip-flops is ill-advised, as the sole is more likely to get stuck, caught under the pedal or even slide off the driver’s foot. Similarly, driving in high heels can also be hazardous. While driving in heels, slippers, flip-flops or barefoot isn’t illegal, they do require safer driving practices to operate at the same level.

Sitting in the Bed of a Truck

Is it or isn’t it illegal? In Alberta, this practice is illegal and can come with a fine. No passenger may ride the vehicle on the exterior or on the interior without safety restraints.

There are certain exemptions, such as parades and specific work situations, but these exceptions require authorization. Otherwise, it is illegal to ride on the exterior of a moving vehicle.

Drive Within the Law

Alberta’s driving laws keep our roads safe and ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. It’s crucial to abide by the rules and regulations to keep you and your passengers safe. The Government of Alberta has free available resources that provide important information on Alberta’s driving laws, should one feel unequipped to drive within the law.

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