© Scott Anderson
Members of the Swift Current Comprehensive High School SADD group joined with members of the Swift Current City RCMP Detachment on May 16 in handing out red ribbons reminding motorists not to drink and drive during the Victoria Day long weekend. The check stop campaign was also an initiative of National Road Safety Week which is observed on May 14 to 20.
Now that spring has finally arrived, many Saskatchewan motorists will be happily planning their roadtrips for the Victoria Day long weekend. With travelling in mind, CAA Saskatchewan has tips for motorists on how to drive safely, save money and help the environment. The May long weekend also means increased vehicle and motorcycle traffic along with cyclists, joggers and pedestrians enjoying the great outdoors. Spring also marks the return of road construction and detours. All of these factors can increase the chance of traffic collisions.
“Driving safe and keeping your eyes on the road and watching your speed limit will help with your road safety plus reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications with CAA Saskatchewan.
Here are some helpful tips to stay safe and save money:
- Ensure your vehicle is in top shape with properly inflated tires. A poorly maintained vehicle can use up to 50 per cent more fuel. Under-inflated tires also reduce fuel efficiency. Remember CAA has Car Care Centres in Saskatoon and Regina and the CAA Approved Auto Repair Service centres in the province that can help with your vehicle maintenance.
- Plan your route carefully to avoid driving unnecessary kilometres.
- Allow enough time to reach your destination.
- Ensure all occupants buckle up and that children are properly secured in their safety seats.
- Don’t speed. It’s dangerous, and driving above 90 km/hour decreases your fuel efficiency exponentially.
- Slow to 60 kilometers per hour in orange construction zones and when passing emergency vehicles, including ambulances, law enforcement, and tow trucks assisting motorists on our highways.
- Don’t drink and drive. Statistics show that drinking and driving is the single number one contributing factor in fatal collisions in our province.
- Don’t drive aggressively. Jackrabbit starts and hard braking can increase fuel consumption up to 40 per cent.
- Eliminate driver distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, adjusting radio dials, conversations and smoking.
- Don’t drive if you’re overtired. Stop regularly for breaks.
- Remain focused and attentive. Maintain a positive attitude. Road rage or negative driving habits impact everyone.
- Reduce idling. You’ll save money and help the environment.