Summer is here and that also means vacation time for a lot of Saskatchewan travellers. Before motorists head out for their summer holidays, CAA Saskatchewan recommends taking note of some important summer road safety tips. According to SGI, in 2012, distracted driving, including cell phone use, contributed to 60 deaths and nearly 2,200 injuries.
To ensure you stay safe on your summer travels, follow these tips:
• Plan ahead:
• Have your vehicle inspected prior to travelling to ensure your vehicle is in top operating condition and to avoid breakdowns during your summer travels. If unexpected breakdowns do occur, be sure to have access to a roadside assistance provider like CAA. The CAA Mobile App is also available to access roadside service or for Member benefits like TripTik.
•If your vehicle requires servicing, remember CAA’s Care Car Centres and CAA Approved Auto Repair Services (AARS). Be sure to have the brakes, steering and suspension components checked.
•Chart your route to allow time to travel safely, and check road construction to avoid delays.
•Pack an emergency vehicle kit. (i.e. flashlight, booster cables, tire puncture sealant, first-aid kit, flares, drinking water, etc.)
•Ensure children have games, books and other activities to keep them entertained.
•Get enough sleep the night before you have to drive and travel at times when you are normally awake.
•Take regular breaks and stay overnight rather than driving straight through.
•Reduce driver distractions:
•Pull over to read a map, make a phone call or text, set the GPS unit, smoke, or tend to children, and stop to eat.
•Pre-set musical systems before you start driving and keep volume low.
•Keep conversation with passengers light and to a minimum.
•Obey the speed limit. It will not only improve your safety, but also save you money at the gas pumps.