The long weekend means road trips for many Saskatchewan motorists and families. During the summer months, for example, travellers can expect increased traffic of all types of vehicles including motorcycles, recreation vehicles, plus camper trailers and boat trailers.
“Planning your road travels in advance, driving safe, staying focused, and adhering to the posted speed limits will help you reach your destination safely, plus reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications with CAA Saskatchewan.
Automotive & recreation vehicle tips
- The tires are one of the most important items on a vehicle. Check for adequate tread depth, uneven tread wear, bulges, cuts, and other tire damage and proper tire inflation. Signs of tire problems include a side-to-side wobble at slow speeds; an increased shimmy or vibration at highway speeds; a sharp pull to the side; weaving or fishtailing.
- Check the brake fluid, the coolant and oil plus window washer fluids.
- Remember to check radiator hoses, examine belts and check proper belt tension, as well as the windshield wipers.
- Vehicle batteries should also be checked and this can be completed at the CAA car care centres in Regina and Saskatoon, 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.
Driving safety tips
- Plan your route carefully to avoid driving unnecessary kilometres and share your route with those expecting your arrival.
- Check weather and road conditions to and from the destination and allow enough time to reach your destination.
- Ensure seatbelts are in proper working condition. Children should be secured properly in car or booster seats.
- Slow to 60 kilometres per hour on Saskatchewan highways when passing emergency vehicles such as tow truck operators assisting motorists, ambulances and law enforcement.
- Eliminate driver distractions such as cell phones, eating, drinking, adjusting radio dials, conversations and smoking.
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Carry a fully-charged cell phone for emergency purposes and appoint a passenger to manage your phone and satellite navigation needs.
- Drivers, pull over safely to make phone calls, text or review maps.
- Remain focused and attentive. Maintain a positive attitude. Road rage or negative driving habits impact everyone.
- Don’t drive if you’re overtired. Stop regularly for breaks.
Source: CAA Saskatchewan