Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

August 30, 2007 11:05 ET

CAA Reminds Motorists to Drive with Care During Holiday Week-End

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2007) - As Canadians fill their trunks and tanks in preparation for the final long weekend of summer, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) reminds drivers to stay safe on the roads this Labour Day long week-end.

A survey of 1009 Canadians conducted for the CAA by Harris/Decima indicated that an estimated 10 million Canadians will be on the highways this long week-end and 35% responded that long week-end highway safety has become worse over the past few years.

"The Labour Day long week-end symbolizes the end of summer for most Canadians, and the CAA wants to remind Canadians to drive with caution during this busy time", said David Armour, President of CAA. "To arrive safely, motorists travelling on our roads and highways this week-end need to recognize that driving is a responsibility that demands concentration and attention".

CAA offers the following tips for driving safely this long week-end:

- Familiarize yourself with your route before departing

- Slow down - excessive speed is a contributing factor in 20 per cent of occupant fatalities

- The safest place for kids under 12 is in the back seat, especially when there is an airbag for the passenger seat - about 70 per cent of automobile injuries to children can be prevented by using the correct car or booster seat for their height and weight

- Minimize driver distractions, including cell phones and other digital devices - pull over to make calls or to eat or drink

- Budget extra time to travel to your destination, especially if you are uncertain of your route

- Allow extra distance between cars, particularly on busy highways

"The most important tip for arriving safely is to drive defensively", said Armour.

About the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

CAA is a federation of 9 automobile clubs serving 5 million members through 148 offices across Canada. CAA provides a wide range of member services and works to improve travelling and motoring conditions at home and around the world, including national advocacy efforts on both traffic safety and public policy issues that affect Canadian motorists.

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