With many people on the highways this Family Day long weekend, CAA Saskatchewan has crafted some driving tips to keep you safe and prepared.
LONG WEEKEND SAFE DRIVING TIPS:
- Check weather and road conditions before travelling. If conditions are poor, delay travel if possible.
- When the temperature falls below -15 degrees Celsius, it’s important to plug in your vehicle.
- Check to make sure the block heater and cord are in good working condition.
- Test your vehicle’s battery. Colder temperatures can weaken the battery and cause it to fail.
- Adjust your driving speed to weather and road conditions and make sure you have a full tank of fuel.
- Leave a safe distance between vehicles, use turn signals well in advance and allow extra room to stop.
- Plan your route in advance. Allow extra time for travel and let others know your route and estimated
time of arrival.
- Carry a fully charged mobile phone and a phone car charger should you need to call for help.
- Wear warm clothing and footwear, and pack extras of these items for the driver and passengers.
- Use primary roads and highways which are regularly maintained.
- Pack a roadside vehicle kit that contains non-perishable food, water, blankets, extra clothing, flashlight,
candle or matches and tin can, first aid supplies, booster cables, and a shovel.
- Remember to slow to 60 km/h on Saskatchewan highways for tow truck operators assisting motorists in
need. It’s the law. After checking their mirrors, drivers should slow down and move over, changing
lanes if possible.
- While Saskatchewan law requires motorists to slow down to 60 km/h when passing a working tow truck
with its safety lights flashing, drivers should further reduce their speed in poor weather conditions.