As families in Saskatchewan spend time on the open road, CAA Saskatchewan has lots of tips for staying safe this summer.
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For those driving this summer, CAA recommendations include:
- Have your vehicle inspected to make sure it’s ready for the road and check the vehicle’s batteries.
- Check your vehicle’s tires, brake fluid, coolant, and windshield wipers and washer fluid.
- Allow enough travel time and set up GPS before heading to your destination.
- Reduce speed to 60 km/h when passing lifeguards on the road.
- Pack a roadside assistance kit that includes a flashlight, first aid kit, tire pressure gauge, pliers, adjustable wrench, blankets, water and non-perishable food, windshield washer fluid, jumper cables, and emergency flares or reflector.
Additionally, CAA wants to remind drivers to eliminate distractions such as phones, eating, drinking, grooming, smoking, etc.
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For those who prefer a bicycle, it is also important to keep in mind a number of safety tips for cyclists, including:
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- Wear the proper gear, including a tight-fitting bike helmet and reflective clothing.
- When bicyclists are on the road, they are considered a vehicle and must follow the same laws as motorists.
- Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians, traffic signals, and traffic lights.
- Learn the hand signals to alert other vehicles of your intentions.
Finally, CAA also advises families to be careful when children are around and participating in summer activities.
- Parents and guardians should be vigilant around pools, barbecues, and fire pits.
- Never leave children unattended and do not leave them alone in a vehicle.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and cross at marked intersections when safe.
- Don’t play distracted and never run into traffic or between parked cars, buses or buildings.
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