For many, the Thanksgiving long weekend means heading out on the highway to visit family and friends.
CAA Saskatchewan urges travelers to be safe and plan ahead.
Spokesperson Christine Niemczyk says that includes knowing your route, assigning someone to take care of the cell phone, make sure your vehicle is road-ready and pack an emergency kit.
“That would have a flashlight, booster cables, tire puncture sealant, first aid kit, flares, drinking water, non-perishable food, a cell phone with battery and charger for emergency calls only, you may want to think about having some extra clothing as we approach the winter months.”
Niemczyk reminds drivers to slow to 60km/h when passing tow truck operators and emergency personnel, and keep the cell phone away from the driver.
Distraction is a factor in about 4-million vehicle accidents each year in North America.
Niemczyk says handling your phone while behind the wheel, even if you aren’t texting, is still illegal.
“33% of Canadians admit they have texted while stopped at a red light, and they believe it’s unacceptable, but they/we still do it.”
Niemczyk warns that you may think you are still aware of your surroundings but estimates indicate drivers using phones look at, but fail to see, up to 50 per cent of the information in their driving environment.