School’s out for summer and road trip season is upon us. Did you know that more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during the summer months than at any other time of the year? Alcohol, fatigue, and increased traffic all play a role in these often avoidable tragedies. No matter where you’re off to this year, we at Wagners want you to be safe. So take a couple of minutes to review the following hints and tips we’ve put together to help keep you that way:
Before You Go
Before you head out on the open road, have your vehicle checked to make sure everything is working as it should be. Check brakes, fluid levels and tire pressure. Make sure all of your lights and signals are in good working order. And be prepared for emergency – stock your vehicle with an emergency supply kit. Prepackaged kits are widely available online and in your local automotive and hardware stores, check them out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
While On the Road
Buckle up. Every time. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing you can do to keep both you and your passengers safe.
If you are travelling with children, everyone under the age of 13 should be seated in the backseat. If your children are young enough to require a carseat or booster seat, ensure that you have them secured in the appropriate seat, with appropriate restraints. If you aren’t sure, check with Transport Canada for more information: http://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/road/child-car-seat-safety.html
Make sure not to leave children or animals unattended in a hot car. When it’s hot outside, the temperature inside a parked car, even if it’s in a shaded area, can rapidly reach levels that lead to heatstroke or even death.
Avoid distracted or impaired driving. Don’t text and drive, don’t drink and drive.
Drive defensively, be patient and share the road. Summer driving brings out all sorts of roadway users from pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to recreational vehicles and trailers. You may have to slow down and take your time. Relax. You’ll get to where you’re going eventually.
Pack sunscreen and have some fun!