SGI passes on on some information and tips for anyone hitting the highways
Winter holiday season is upon us and with it comes police checkstops. SGI encourages drivers to be patient as they pass through them. Police will be watching out for drivers who are impaired, distracted, not wearing seatbelts, and/or speeding. Oh, and don’t forget this month’s traffic safety spotlight on suspended drivers and unregistered vehicles.
Speaking of checkstops, drive sober - If you’re impaired by alcohol or drugs, don’t drive. Call a cab or designated driving service, take a bus, text a sober friend, or stay the night. There’s no excuse for driving impaired.
Hello again, Old Man Winter – Winter driving season has arrived. Sure, it happens every year, but there’s usually an annual learning curve. Weather conditions can change quickly and without warning, so make sure you’re prepared before heading out on the highway. When on the road, we encourage everyone to take it a bit slower. Give yourself and other motorists plenty of room, and to slowly and safely ease yourself into winter driving. Always have an emergency kit stocked and packed in your vehicle.
Be in the know – The Saskatchewan Highway Hotline is the best place to get the most up-to-date road conditions for the province. Always check the Hotline before heading out, and if travel is not recommended, make other plans.
Focus on driving – Winter driving is complicated enough without distractions. Along with being extremely dangerous, distracted driving is extremely expensive: a $280 ticket and 4 points off your Safe Driver Recognition rating. Put the phone away and drive. If you’re driving long distances, make sure you take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.
Give wildlife a brake – Our friends at Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation remind us that we are in the midst of breeding season (a.k.a. “the rut”) for deer and moose, and both species are more mobile as they search for mates in new territories. Stay alert, scan the road from shoulder to shoulder, and watch your speed in areas where warning signs indicate areas of high risk.