The final long weekend of the summer is fast approaching which means increased traffic on our roads and highways. CAA Saskatchewan encourages drivers to follow some important tips to stay safe on the road.
“Slow down, drive less aggressively and ensure your vehicle is in top working condition. You’ll be safer on the road and also use less fuel,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications with CAA Saskatchewan.
To drive safely, and for fuel efficiency, follow these tips:
- Ensure your vehicle is in good condition with properly inflated tires, including the spare. 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 brakes and fluid levels including motor oil and windshield washer fluids.
- Take advantage of the qualified staff at the CAA Car Care Centres or the Approved Auto Repair Service (AARS) to have your vehicle inspected in advance of your road trip.
- All occupants must wear their seat belts and ensure children are properly secured in their safety seats.
- Carry a cell phone or similar type of communications device with a charger for use in case of emergencies.
- Don’t speed. It’s dangerous, and driving above 90 kilometers per hour decreases your fuel efficiency exponentially.
- Slow to 60 kilometers per hour in construction zones, when passing emergency vehicles and tow trucks assisting motorists. Failing to do so is unsafe and could also cost you a fine.
- Avoid aggressive driving. Jackrabbit starts and hard braking can increase fuel use up to 40 per cent.
- Eliminate driver distractions such as conversations with passengers, texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, adjusting radio dials and smoking.
- Pull over to use the phone or navigation system. Appoint a passenger as your navigation or communications buddy so you can focus on driving.
- Do not drink and drive. Appoint a designated driver.
- It’s important to get plenty of rest before you travel. If you’re overtired, stop for regular breaks.
Further information is available at caask.ca/safety.