It’s springtime on the prairies and that means road trips for many Saskatchewan motorists. CAA Saskatchewan, an advocate for motorists and travelers, has some safe driving tips.
“Make sure your vehicle is road worthy. Check the tires, seat belts and that everything under the hood has been regularly maintained,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications, CAA Saskatchewan. “Remember to obey the posted speed limits and slow to 60 km/h on Saskatchewan highways when passing working tow truck operators.”
OTHER SAFE DRIVING TIPS TO CONSIDER:
• Check weather and road conditions to and from your destination.
• Travel with a full tank of fuel and properly inflated tires (including the spare).
• Check your vehicle’s belts and hoses. Also check the brakes, fluid levels and battery.
• Ensure all occupants buckle up and that children are properly secured in their car or booster seats.
• Pack an emergency vehicle kit (flashlight, booster cables, first-aid kit, flares, drinking water, non-perishable food,
mobile phone with batteries and charger for emergency calls, etc.).
• Remember all Canadian provinces have banned the use of hand-held communications devices behind the wheel.
• Refer to maps or make phone calls before you drive, or pull over when safe to review maps, etc.
• Appoint one of your passengers as the communications buddy to manage navigation and mobile phone use.
• Check out gasprices.caa.ca for the lowest gas prices in Saskatchewan communities as well as in other provinces.
• Do not drink and drive; appoint a designated driver.
CAA Saskatchewan is also reminding people that the CAA Worst Roads campaign runs from April 3 to 28, and they invite all types of road users (cyclists, pedestrians, motorists, etc.) to nominate and vote online for the roads that have potholes, crumbling pavement, poor or no infrastructure for walking or cycling.