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TOP 10 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE AND SAVING MONEY
THIS LONG WEEKEND


June 28, 2011 Canada - With all the festivities of Canada Day long weekend, drivers need to be prepared for busier roadways and highways.  Preparing your vehicle and driving defensively will go a long way to keep your family safe and saving money on the road to your destination.

The summer months in Canada actually have a higher number of collisions than any other time of year.  Aggressive driving, fatigue and alcohol are often implicated in summer collisions.  Peter Christianson, President of Young Drivers says, “It is important drivers are aware of what is going on 360 degrees around their vehicles at all times. Canadians can keep themselves, other drivers and our communities safe by staying alert and adopting safer behaviours on the road.”  

Young Drivers of Canada has provided summer road safety tips to keep in mind before you hit the open road.

1.    Plan Your Route -  Plan your trips to travel in a logical order.  Anticipate how long your route will take and leave plenty of time to avoid stress and rushing to your destination.  


2.    Make sure your vehicle is properly tuned - Have your vehicle checked before your trip.  Keep your air and fuel filters clean.  Your owner's manual will advise you on how often they should be changed.


3.    Check Your Tire Pressure - For best fuel economy and handling, maintain tire pressure close to the maximum indicated on the door pillar or glove box. It will provide better handling and improves your fuel economy. Check tire pressure at least once a month.


4.    Buckle Up - Seat belts worn correctly can reduce the chances of death in a collision by 47% and the chances of serious injury by 52%.1


5.    Pull in and through parking spots -  Starting up forward uses less fuel than backing out and then starting up. You also have better visibility reducing risk.


6.    Pack Your Trunk With Necessities - Items like a bottle of sunscreen, insect repellent containing Deet, and a couple of factory-sealed bottles of water are good essentials to have on hand. Any unnecessary items in the trunk should be removed as they just add weight that wastes fuel.


7.    Keep Children Happy and Occupied - Ensure children are properly buckled in.  Make certain that they have something to keep them occupied and to prevent them from distracting the driver.  It is also a good idea to pull into rest areas every two hours to have the children release energy.  


8.    Drop the Distractions – Avoid any type of distraction or impairment, which will only make the already complex task of driving more difficult.


9.    Turn off engine - Idling your engine more than 10 seconds wastes fuel. Turn off the engine, unless you are at risk of collision, such as traffic approaching from behind.


10.    Light Up at Night – Whenever possible, use your high beams at night. Your low beams do not show you enough of the road to stop by the time you recognize the danger.


1 Road Safety in Canada Booklet, Government of Canada

If you would like to learn more Summer Road Safety tips visit  www.youngdrivers.com.

For more information please contact:  
Suzanne Vukosavljevic, Director of Public Relations
Young Drivers of Canada    
Tel: (905) 529-5501 ext.229    Email: svukosavljevic@yd.com  
      


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