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Safe driving tips for the Labour Day long weekend

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The final long weekend of the summer is here which means increased traffic on our roads and highways. CAA Saskatchewan encourages drivers to follow some important tips to stay safe. "Slow down, drive less aggressively and ensure your vehicle is in top working condition. You'll be safer on the road and also use less fuel," said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications with CAA Saskatchewan.

Follow these tips to drive safely and help save on fuel costs:

* Ensure your vehicle is in good condition with properly inflated tires, including the spare. A poorly maintained vehicle can use up to 50 per cent more fuel. Under-inflated tires also reduce safety and fuel efficiency.

* Check your vehicle's brakes and fluid levels including motor oil and windshield washer fluids.

* Have your vehicle inspected in advance of your road trip. Take advantage of the qualified staff at the CAA Car Care Centres or the Approved Auto Repair Service (AARS).

* All occupants must wear their seat belts. Ensure children are properly secured and that car seats and booster seats are installed correctly.

* Carry a cell phone or similar type of communications device with a charger for use in case of emergencies.

* Don't speed. It's dangerous, and driving above 90 km/hr decreases your fuel efficiency exponentially.

* Slow to 60 km/hr on Saskatchewan highways in construction zones, when passing emergency vehicles and tow trucks assisting motorists. Failing to do so is unsafe and could also cost you a fine.

* Avoid aggressive driving. Jackrabbit starts and hard braking can increase fuel use up to 40 per cent.

* The use of hand-held communications devices behind the wheel is banned in Saskatchewan, as well as in all Canadian provinces.

* Drivers should remain focused and alert; eliminate driver distractions such as conversations with passengers, eating, drinking, adjusting radio dials and smoking.

* Pull over to use the phone or navigation system. Appoint a passenger as the navigation or communications buddy so the driver can remain focused.

* Do not drink and drive. Appoint a designated driver.

* It's important to get plenty of rest before you travel. If you're overtired, stop for regular breaks.

Further information is available at caask.ca/safety.


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