In 2016 over the East Long Weekend, there were 214 collisions in Saskatchewan resulting in 38 people injured and 2 fatalities. SGI doesn't want a repeat of that so they are providing some tips to ensure a safe drive.

"We know that when the long weekend arrives, many people decide to hit the road," shared Tyler McMurchy, with SGI. "We know that with increased traffic, there is that increased risk of collisions but it doesn't have to be that way. If everyone keeps in mind a few safe driving tips, we make sure that everyone gets to their destination safely."

Check the Weather Forecast and Road Conditions:
"You can use the Highway Hotline to check the road conditions and consult Environment Canada or a number of sources for what the weather's going to be like."

Leave Yourself Plenty of Time:
"We recommend people leave themselves plenty of time to get to their destination so they don't feel rushed. If you're running late, that's okay, you're family would rather you get there safely and late than not make it there at all."

Take Regular Breaks:
"If it's a long road trip, we recommend drivers take regular breaks to avoid fatigue."

Drive at an Appropriate Speed:
"If road conditions are icy, wet or have poor visibility, adjust your speed accordingly and give yourself plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front so you can prepare if there are any unexpected situations that come up."

Avoid Distractions:
"We remind people to put down the phone, avoid distractions and the $280 ticket that goes with distracted driving. Police are always on the lookout for drivers on their phones these days. Put the phone away or hand it over to your co-pilot or one of the kids. Let them reply to a text or determine what the next song is going to be. We also recommend drivers avoid other distractions like eating a messy burger or applying makeup or having a dog on their lap. Just drive."

Drive Sober:
"Of course we always say drive sober. If you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, you do not belong behind the wheel. Plan a safe ride or stay where you are until you are no longer impaired."

Wear a Seatbelt:
"There are still some people who don't wear seatbelts. In the most recent traffic safety spotlight, police reported 400 seatbelt tickets in a single month. If you are riding in a vehicle, you need to buckle up and make sure any passengers, especially kids are buckled up or in appropriate car seats or booster seats. Drivers will get a sperate $175 for each unrestrained passenger under 16 years of age."  

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