'Tis the time to stuff your belly with turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy and all the fixings while hanging out with friends and family over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

However, it's probably safe to say that said family and friends would sincerely appreciate it if you took the time and the caution to arrive alive at your destination, safe and sound. Tyler McMurchy with SGI chimed in with a few tips to keep in mind if you plan to travel.

"Always plan a safe ride home. Don't drink and drive, don't use drugs and drive. Avoid distractions when you are in the vehicle while driving. October's traffic safety spotlight is on distracted driving, so we know law enforcement will be using a variety of tactics to catch distracted drivers in the act."

He added that the laws that were clarified at the beginning of the year stipulate that drivers in the graduated licensing program are not allowed to use a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle at all, while experienced drivers can only use theirs if it is hands free or the equivalent, and mounted on a dash, etc. 

With the advent of fall, cooler temperatures are making their way into the province, and one might expect frost and possibly even some ice on the road.

"It's important to keep in mind that the posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions. If it's wet, or a little icy or slick in any way, adjust your speed accordingly. It's the long weekend, so you've got plenty of time to get there. Also, watch out for construction zones and farm equipment," McMurchy said.

"We always remind passengers that they need to wear a seat-belt. Everybody needs to be buckled up, and children need to be in an appropriate child booster seat or car-seat, depending on their weight."

"If you are travelling long distances, make sure you are taking care of yourself. Make sure that you have enough caffeine. If you need to take a break from driving or switch drivers, do that. Ensure that nobody is driving distracted, under the influence, or fatigued," he stated.

"If you are driving, and you are not able to give the road your full and undivided attention, if you are drowsy and swerving, you'll be a danger to yourself and others."

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