Summer’s a busy time for travelling and CAA Saskatchewan is sending out a bunch of safety tips.
More specifically, for drivers, spokesperson Christine Niemczyk mentioned giving yourself plenty of time to drive to your destination and to drive according to the current road and weather conditions.
“Always a reminder to slow to 60 kilometres per hour on Saskatchewan highways when passing working tow truck operators, emergency personnel and construction crews as well,” Niemczyk noted. “Very important don’t drive impaired, always have a backup plan, and consider taking a roadside assistance kit.”
A roadside assistance kit can include a flashlight with extra batteries, first-aid kit, tire pressure gauge, pliers, adjustable wrench, blanket, or purchase one at your local CAA store.
Niemczyk also reminds motorists to eliminate as many distraction while driving as possible, as drivers engaged with cell phones, as an example, are up to 8 times as likely to be involved in a crash.
“So let’s put that phone away; think about your eating, drinking, adjusting entertainment or navigation systems, grooming, long conversations and smoking,”
“See what you can do to not do those functions while your driving.” she added.
Other tips include planning your route in advance and sharing those details with friends or family, and ensure your driver’s license, license plate stickers and vehicle and travel insurance are up-to-date.
While CAA Saskatchewan is reminding drivers to travel safely this summer, they are also telling cyclists to do the same.
Niemcyzk says if you are riding a bicycle, you ‘re considered, by law, a vehicle on the road, so follow the rules of the road.
She also says when gearing up, be seen, be heard and be ready.
“You want to wear lightly-toned or brightly-coloured clothing, use reflectors and reflector tape on your helmet, clothes and bicycle and equip your bike with a headlight and taillight for night riding as well.”
Other bike-related tips include always wear a helmet and choosing the best bike for you, so consider size, frame, seat height and the type of roads you will be riding on.