Easter weekend safe driving tips from CAA Saskatchewan

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CAA Saskatchewan has safe driving tips for motorists travelling during the Easter holidays and spring break.

“Obeying the speed limits, driving less aggressively and ensuring your vehicle is in top condition are just some things that will improve your safety on the road and help to reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications, CAA Saskatchewan.

Here are a few more tips to help motorists drive safe:

- 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 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.

Slow to 60 kilometers per hour in orange construction zones and when passing tow trucks and emergency vehicles such as ambulances and law enforcement.

- Don’t drink and drive. Drinking and driving remains the number one contributing factor in fatal collisions in Saskatchewan.

- Eliminate driver distractions which include cell phones, eating, drinking, adjusting radio dials, conversations,smoking, and tending to the children. In 2012, there were more than 7,500 collisions related to distracted driving, resulting in 69 deaths and 2,503 injuries. CAA’s own research shows texting while driving is the number one road safety concern of Canadians, topping drinking and driving, and has been for the past two years.

If you need to use the GPS or a map do it before you drive, or pull over while travelling.

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.

Organizations: CAA Saskatchewan

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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