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5 Ways to Become a More Responsible Driver

5 Ways to Become a More Responsible Driver


One of my favorite ways to see the world is by car, so I always love planning a road trip! As a new driver, you may find being responsible while behind the wheel means always following the speed limit and other rules of the road. While this is definitely important, there are a number of other things that factor into being a responsible driver and vehicle owner.

So, without further ado, here are some other ways that contribute to being a more smart and savvy driver:

1. Never Drive When You’re Distracted

Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels
Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels

When you’re behind the wheel, your attention should be fully focused on what’s ahead of you, not a variety of other things that may be going on inside of your car. Responsible drivers avoid distractions when they’re behind the wheel.

This means putting your cell phone out of reach and keeping your music at a reasonable volume so you can hear the sirens of emergency vehicles that may be in the area, as well as the audio commands from your GPS, if you’re using one to help guide you to your destination.

2. Obtain Proper Insurance Coverage

Being a responsible driver also means maintaining and carrying proper insurance coverage on your vehicle. Car insurance is mandatory in Canada, so it’s crucial your policy is current and that you keep a copy of it in your vehicle at all times.

If the idea of contacting numerous car insurance agencies to get quotes seems overwhelming, no worries — you can visit a one-stop shop like, where you can obtain quotes from multiple companies at once. This will allow you to find the most affordable options for your vehicle and budget.

3. Register Your Vehicle in a Timely Fashion

In addition to having insurance, your vehicle must also be registered and your license plate should have updated tags. For instance, residents of Alberta are required to have a vehicle registration certificate in their vehicle at all times.

This certificate includes your name, a description of the vehicle, the VIN and licence plate type. If you have questions about how to register your car, simply Google “car registration in (the name of your province)” and you’ll find plenty of advice on how to take care of this important step in the region in which you live.

4. Always Carry Your Driver’s Licence with You

There may be times when you can’t find your wallet or purse but need to get to work or school. Instead of deciding to locate your licence later and get behind the wheel, you should always carry your driver’s licence with you.

Not only is it the law, but if you get pulled over and don’t have a valid driver’s licence with you, the officer can cite you with an additional ticket. To make it easy to find your purse or wallet, always leave it in the same spot in your home.

5. Stay Home if You’re Too Tired to Drive

Another way to be a responsible driver is to avoid driving when you’re feeling fatigued. If you’re having trouble staying awake, you should definitely not get behind the wheel. Likewise, if you’re feeling exhausted but need to head to work later, take a nap before leaving and allow enough time to “come to” after waking up.
Whenever possible, avoid driving when you’d normally be in bed, and if you have a long road trip to take, take someone with you, so you can take turns driving.

Enjoy Your Time Behind the Wheel!

As you can see, there’s a lot more to being a good driver than making sure you obey the speed limit. By ensuring you always carry proper insurance and registration, keeping your driver’s licence in the car at all times and taking precautions against distracted and fatigued driving, you’ll quickly become a more responsible and capable driver.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Maria
    August 5, 2019 at 4:22 am

    Really amazing pics Carmen, great composition and I will definitely use your tips to become a more responsible driver

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 6, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      So happy to hear that, Maria!

  2. Anjul
    August 6, 2019 at 3:25 am

    If people follow your all tips they will definiately responsible driver amazing information. I’ll share your blog with my friends thanks

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 6, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you so much!

  3. Pradish
    August 10, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Point 5 is extremely important. Fatigue can take a toll on your alertness
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    • Carmen Edelson
      August 11, 2019 at 3:37 pm

      Yes it really can!

  4. Niko
    August 22, 2019 at 7:23 am

    In my country, driving license is an app on the phone. Difficult to forget. Of course, also traditional license is available.

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      That’s great to hear!

  5. Chris Lloydd
    April 10, 2020 at 3:10 am

    All the tips are very helpful. Preparing everything before is always a wise option. Getting done with all the car insurance formalities is also very important.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      April 13, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      Glad you found this helpful!

  6. Sham @Truck Driving School
    June 18, 2020 at 11:21 pm

    This is a good tip for everyone driving not only to driving students. I am also reminded to take someone with me to take turns in driving

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 22, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      Glad you found it helpful!

  7. Dan Collins
    September 28, 2020 at 12:13 am

    This is an important reminder to my husband. Everything you shared is relatable. He’s been driving for quite some time now but I still have to remind him of all the necessary things and the right attitude when driving anywhere. Thank you for sharing this. Can’t wait to read all your blogs.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      September 28, 2020 at 7:33 am

      Thanks, Dan! Glad you found it helpful.

  8. Caraman
    October 11, 2020 at 11:36 am

    some great points made here Carmen. I would also mention speed when towing and checking tyre pressures, two things often ignored by people towing caravans or RV’s in the UK. Great article.

    • Carmen Edelson
      October 12, 2020 at 5:29 pm

      I appreciate your helpful tips!

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