Every September, we wonder where summer has gone. As the air chills, we settle back into fall routines by planning family schedules, buying school supplies or deciphering campus maps. But one thing that should always top our to-do list is safety.
Safety refers to a few things. First up: your vehicle. It’s the perfect time to schedule a tune-up. Top up fluids, like oil and coolants; examine belts, hoses, windshield wipers, and batteries; and check the tires for wear and tear. Make sure all seat belts are in good working condition and check that child car seats are properly installed and adjusted for their height—it seems every kid grows a foot over the summer!
Though it may feel early, fall is also a good time to think about winterizing your vehicle. Set up an appointment for winter-tire installation and pick up a roadside kit at your local CAA Store. For tune-ups and repairs, pop into CAA Car Care Centre at Regina Battery Depot or one of our Approved Auto Repair Services (AARS) facilities.
For older students heading off to university, make sure their vehicle is road-worthy too. Consider getting a CAA Student Membership—it’ll give parents peace of mind knowing that college kids always have reliable access to roadside assistance and other CAA benefits. I often hear parents describe a CAA membership as having Mom or Dad in your back pocket for roadside, insurance, travel or automotive help.
Road safety also becomes paramount in the fall. When you’re dropping kids off at school, shuttling them to extracurricular activities, or out running errands, remember to do your part to keep our roads safe for everyone. Always pay attention when driving near school zones, parks and playgrounds. Watch for children and families crossing the street; slow down and drive with caution; and allow extra time for children and seniors to cross safely.
Our 4,700 valued CAA School Safety Patrollers will be on duty in 162 schools across 70 communities in the province. These dedicated patrollers are our best student safety ambassadors, volunteering their time and knowledge to help fellow students cross the streets safely, while learning more about pedestrian and traffic safety.
We wish our Members and their families a safe and happy autumn!
–Suzanne Young, J.D., ICD.D
Chair, CAA Saskatchewan Board of Directors