July 31, 2014 2:39 pm

Driving safety tips to prevent a deadly long weekend

The August long weekend is one of the deadliest on Saskatchewan highways. Here are Driving safety tips to arrive alive.

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SASKATOON – Summer is in full bloom and families are setting their sights on the August long weekend, meaning traffic safety is key on Saskatchewan highways.

For those looking to get out to vacation destinations after work on Friday and back home on Monday, CAA Saskatchewan is reminding travellers to keep safety in mind.

According to Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI), August and September long weekends tend to be the deadliest based on 2011 and 2012 statistics.

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Numbers only account for fatal crashes in the province and 2013 numbers are preliminary*.

“Summer also means road construction so let’s also remember to slow down to 60 km/h when passing highway construction zones and also emergency vehicles,” said Christine Niemczyk, director of communications for CAA Saskatchewan.

Check out the province’s Highway Hotline for the latest road updates and construction zones.

Above all – Do not drink and drive.

READ MORE: What you need to know about new Saskatchewan traffic laws

Here are few more safe driving tips for travellers:

Drivers:

  • Get plenty of sleep before a long drive.
  • Plan routes to allow more attention on travel safely.
  • Remember all Canadian provinces have banned the use of hand-held communications devices behind the wheel.
  • Keep a safe following distance between vehicles.

Towing trailers:

  • Make sure the weight of the trailer does not exceed the vehicle’s towing capacity because this could pose a safety risk. This information can be found in the owner’s manuals.
  • Take into account the extra size and weight of trailers. Be extra cautious when changing lanes, making turns and especially when slowing down since the load could significantly increase the distance required to stop.
  • Motorists should also ensure that the trailer is securely attached to the vehicle and check this throughout the trip.

Inspect vehicles, trailers and motorhomes to ensure reliable performance prior to any trips.

Pack an emergency kit that includes flashlight, booster cables, tire puncture sealant, first-aid kit, flares, drinking water and a charged cellphone.

CAA roadside assistance is available to members 24-hours day in Canada and the United States.

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