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Apr 17, 2024

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Warm Up to Summer: Road Safety Basics Illustration by Sam Island

With more vehicles, cyclists and motorcyclists on the road this time of year, we could all use some timely reminders to stay safe out there. Here are a few to keep in mind:

Stay focused
Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions, such as using your phone, and always check your blind spot before changing lanes or turning.

Buckle up
Summer dress codes may be casual, however the need for seat belts is anything but. Proper use of seat belts, child car seats and booster seats is the most effective way to prevent vehicle-related injuries.

Plan your way
Before you head out, familiarize yourself with your route to help avoid surprises. Use a GPS and share your plans with someone ahead of any long trips. Always follow the posted speed limit.

Slow Down Move Over
The busy summer driving season means more activity on the roads. You must slow down and, if there’s space, move over one lane on multi-lane roads when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle or tow truck with flashing lights.

  • While helping stranded motorists, emergency workers and tow truck drivers are struck and killed every year by oncoming traffic.

  • Fines for not complying with this law can range from $400 to $2,000 and three demerit points, along with possible suspension of your driver’s license for up to two years.

  • HAAS Alert sends CAA-specific warnings via popular traffic and navigation apps. These alerts remind drivers to slow down and move over when there’s a vehicle breakdown or a CAA tow truck ahead.

Visit caasco.com/roadsafety to learn more.