Drive safely this Thanksgiving long weekend

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Members of the SCCHS Students Against Drinking and Driving group held a check stop to hand out red ribbons reminding city residents to have a safe Thanksgiving long weekend.

CAA Saskatchewan reminds all motorists to take their time travelling to visit with family and friends for the upcoming Thanksgiving long weekend.

“We know that there will be increased motorists on our roadways travelling this Thanksgiving long weekend to be with their loved ones,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications with CAA Saskatchewan. She added, “That’s why it’s important to remember to drive safely and to drive with care. We’ve been fortunate this autumn to enjoy warmer weather with some wonderful sunshine. But we know that in Saskatchewan the weather can change quickly which can impact driving conditions.”

Here’s some safety driving 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.

- 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 kilometers per hour decreases your fuel efficiency exponentially.

- Slow to 60 90 kilometers per hour in construction “Orange Zones” and when passing tow trucks and emergency vehicles including RCMP assisting motorists. Failing to do so is not only unsafe, but could also cost you a fine.

- Use cruise control. You’ll save fuel by keeping your speed constant.

- Don’t drive aggressively. Jackrabbit starts and hard braking can increase fuel use up to 40 per cent.

- Focus on your driving. 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.

“And, of course, don’t drink and drive,” says Niemczyk. “SGI statistics show that drinking and driving remains the number one contributing factor in fatal collisions in Saskatchewan. CAA Saskatchewan urges drivers to be responsible and stay sober behind the wheel.

Slow down and help make our highways safe for everyone. For more information, visit caask.ca/driversafety.

Organizations: RCMP, SGI

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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