If history is a guide, the 75 deadliest days of the year are about to begin on Quebec roads.
One quarter of all Quebec road fatalities occur between the St-Jean-Baptiste long weekend in June and the Labour Day long weekend in September, CAA-Québec warned Monday.
Over the past six years, 106 young people aged 16 to 24 have died during that timeframe.
Some key points from CAA-Québec:
• The faster you’re driving, the worse the impact of a collision. An impact at 50 kilometres per hour is like falling three stories; at 100 km/h, it’s 12 stories.
• Taking your eyes off the road for five seconds while going 90 km/h — to look at your phone, for example — is the equivalent of crossing a football field with your eyes closed.
• Seat belts save lives. If all Quebecers wore seat belts, 35 fewer people would die on the road every year.
Some tips from CAA-Québec:
• Leave a larger gap between your car and the one up ahead. It will give you more time to brake in the event of an emergency.
• On long trips, take breaks and share the driving.