Spring has finally arrived and many Saskatchewan motorists will be 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. In 2012, there were 184 deaths and 7,311 injuries due to vehicle collisions in Saskatchewan.*
“Driving safe, 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 other helpful tips to drive 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 kilometer per hour decreases your fuel efficiency exponentially.
- Slow to 60 kilometers per hour in orange construction zones and when passing emergency vehicles such as ambulances and law enforcement, or tow truck operators 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.
- Eliminate driver distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, adjusting radio dials, conversations and smoking.
- Don’t drive aggressively. Jackrabbit starts and hard braking can increase fuel consumption up to 40 per cent.
- Carry a fully-charged cell phone for emergency purposes and either appoint a passenger to be your phone and Global Positioning System (GPS) navigator or if you’re the driver, pull over safely to make phone calls, text or review maps.
- Remain focused and attentive. Maintain a positive attitude. Road rage or negative driving habits impact everyone.
- Don’t drive if you’re overtired. Stop regularly for breaks.
- Reduce idling. You’ll save money and help the environment.