Driver safety tips for the Thanksgiving long weekend

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It may be hard to believe but the Thanksgiving long weekend is fast approaching. CAA Saskatchewan reminds all motorists to plan ahead for their long weekend travels to visit family and friends.

“We know that there will be an increase of motorists on our roadways travelling to be with their loved ones,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications with CAA Saskatchewan. “That’s why it’s important to remember to plan ahead and ensure your vehicle is roadworthy. We’ve been fortunate this autumn with some warm weather but we know that in Saskatchewan the weather can change quickly which can impact driving conditions.”

Here are some driver safety tips to follow:

- Ensure your vehicle is in top shape with a full tank of gas and properly inflated tires to help with fuel efficiency. A poorly maintained vehicle can use up to 50 per cent more fuel. Under-inflated tires also reduce safety and fuel efficiency.

- Check your vehicle’s belts and hoses. Just a little attention to these vital components can ensure your car is operating at its best.

- Also check the brakes and fluid levels. The battery should be checked as well. Today’s vehicles have more electrical demands than ever, and batteries play an essential role in meeting those demands.

- Plan your route in advance. Allow extra time for travel and let others know your route and expected time of arrival.

- Check weather and travel conditions before heading out. If conditions are poor, delay travel if possible.

- Buckle up and ensure children are properly secured in their safety seats.

- Don’t speed. It’s dangerous, and driving above 90 kilometres per hour decreases your fuel efficiency exponentially.

- Slow to 60 kilometres per hour in construction zones and when passing tow trucks and emergency vehicles on our highways. Failing to do so is not only unsafe, but could also cost you a fine.

- Eliminate driver distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, adjusting radio dials and smoking.

- Don’t drive if you’re overtired. Stop for regular breaks.

- Appoint passengers to be the navigator and cell phone user and let them check for directions and make phone calls or texting so the driver can focus on driving and not become distracted.

For more information, visit caask.ca/driversafety.

Organizations: CAA Saskatchewan

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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