Vacation? Staycation? You Decide. And When You Do, Know That CAA Has You and Your Family’s Safety in Mind
CAA Saskatchewan has some valuable tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe this summer. Let’s remember to keep social distancing top of mind, washing our hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into a tissue or the bend of your elbow).
Vacation: Did someone say road trip?
- Have your vehicle inspected prior to travelling to make sure it’s in top operating condition and to avoid breakdowns. If unexpected breakdowns do occur, arrange to have access to a roadside assistance provider like CAA. The CAA Mobile App is available to access roadside service plus other CAA Member benefits.
- Check your vehicle’s tires, brake fluid, coolant and oil plus window washer wipers and washer fluid. Examine belts for proper belt tension. Vehicle batteries should also be checked and this can be completed at the CAA Car Care Centre at Regina Battery Depot, or at any CAA Approved Auto Repair Service.
- Check the wheels on recreation vehicles, boat trailers and camper trailers. The wheel lug nuts need to be set to the proper torque to make sure they do not come loose or come off the trailer. Wheel bearings should be greased and adjusted annually, and trailer suspension springs also need to be inspected for wear. Read the vehicle or RV owner’s manual.
- Drivers- allow plenty of travel time to reach your destination. Set the GPS or review all maps and directions before getting behind the wheel. Prepare children with everything they need before heading out. Plan your route in advance and share details with friends or family. Children’s car and booster seats should be correctly installed. All passengers including the driver must wear seatbelts.
- Eliminate distractions while driving, such as use of mobile phones, eating, drinking, adjusting entertainment or navigation systems, grooming, long conversations and smoking. Keep your eyes and mind focused on the road.
- Drive according to the current weather and road conditions. Remember the slow down, move over rule: Slow to 60 km/h on Saskatchewan highways when passing working tow truck operators, first responders and construction crews.
- Pack a roadside assistance kit and include a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, tire pressure gauge, pliers, adjustable wrench, blanket, or purchase a roadside assistance kit at your local CAA Store. Add non-perishable food and water, windshield washer fluid, jumper cables, and emergency flares or reflectors. -2-
- Pack a mobile phone with charger, for emergency use only. Ensure that your driver’s license, vehicle insurance, travel insurance, and CAA membership are up to date. Highways will be busy this summer with increased traffic of cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, recreation vehicles and farm machinery. Let’s share the road safely and responsibly. Be on the look-out for wildlife. Remember to keep two hands on the steering wheel, remain focused and attentive.
Staycation: There’s No Place like Home!
- School yards and parks are still busy places for children of all ages. Motorists, please watch for children, drive with caution and reduce your speed. Observe the posted speed limit and regulated days and hours as some areas may be designated for lower speed limits during the summer months.
- Parents and caregivers, please teach children about pedestrian safety. Remind them to never run out in traffic or between parked cars, buses or buildings. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross at marked intersections when safe to do so. Don’t play distracted; avoid using cell phones for texting or gaming. Be alert, keep your head up, look around and always be aware of your surroundings.
- Cyclists - yield to pedestrians, stop for stop signs and traffic lights. If you are riding a bicycle, you are considered – by – law – a vehicle on the road. If you dismount and walk alongside your bike, you are considered a pedestrian and have the same rights as a pedestrian. Always follow the rules of the road when riding on city streets and rural roads. Plan your ride and avoid dangerous routes. To choose the best bicycle for you, consider size, frame, and seat height, as well as the type of roads or trails you ride on. Always wear a snug fitting helmet that doesn’t obstruct your vision or hearing. It’s important to be seen, be heard, and be ready.
- The CAA Youth Safety Booklet contains fun activities and information about pedestrian, bike, and school zone safety, as well as the CAA School Safety Patrol® Program. Complimentary copies of the booklet are available at all CAA Stores and the CAA Car Care Centre at Regina Battery Depot.
For further information, contact:
Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications & Public Relations | CAA Saskatchewan
306.791.4327 | firstname.lastname@example.org | caask.ca