Thanks­giv­ing Week­end safe driv­ing tips from CAA

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - SUB­MIT­TED

Many Saskatchewan fam­i­lies are plan­ning for the up­com­ing Thanks­giv­ing long week­end. With the re­cent snow and slush in some part of Saskatchewan, it’s im­por­tant to con­sider some safety prac­tices be­fore head­ing out for that an­nual fam­ily road trip. Ex­am­ine your ve­hi­cle to make sure it’s road ready. Check the me­chan­i­cal fea­tures and tires. Seat belts must be in work­ing con­di­tion and used by all pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing the driver. Chil­dren’s car seats and booster seats should be cor­rectly in­stalled. Al­low plenty of time to reach your des­ti­na­tion and re­turn home as there will be in­creased traf­fic on our high­ways.

Take along a road­side as­sis­tance kit, avail­able at CAA Stores. Pack a flash­light, booster ca­bles, tire punc­ture sealant, first-aid kit, flares, drink­ing water, non­per­ish­able food, and a mo­bile phone with bat­ter­ies and charger for emer­gency calls or for CAA Road­side As­sis­tance. Gas prices change quickly. Visit caa. ca/gas-prices for the low­est gas prices and down­load the CAA App for easy ref­er­ence.

Once you’re be­hind the wheel, re­mem­ber to put that mo­bile phone away. Do all your mo­bile phone or nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem plan­ning prior to driv­ing or ask one of the pas­sen­gers to be your com­mu­ni­ca­tions buddy. Let’s elim­i­nate all forms of dis­tracted driv­ing, in­clud­ing use of mo­bile phones, eat­ing and drink­ing, smok­ing, or groom­ing. If you need to check your phone or as­sist pas­sen­gers in the ve­hi­cle, pull over or park when safe to do so. Re­mem­ber to slow to 60 km/h when pass­ing tow truck op­er­a­tors and emer­gency per­son­nel as­sist­ing mo­torists on Saskatchewan high­ways. When you see flash­ing lights, slow down. It’s a mat­ter of life and death. Please re­mem­ber, don’t drive im­paired.

Ad­di­tional driv­ing tips and in­for­ma­tion are avail­able at caask.ca/safety.

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