Tips to stay safe 

Whether you drive to work or for work, it always pays to refresh your driver safety know-how. Here are five tips to help you stay safe behind the wheel:

  1. Pay attention.
    Distracted driving is the No. 1 contributing factor in collisions overall in the province, according to SGI. Key distractions include texting, using voice-activated technologies, eating, drinking, grooming, pets and chatting with passengers.
  1. Don’t drive under the influence.
    Consuming alcohol, drugs or even over-the-counter medications can lead to impaired driving, which is a chief cause of motor vehicle incidents and fatalities on Saskatchewan roadways. Cannabis can impair co-ordination and reaction time, as well as attentiveness and ability to make decisions and judge distances.
  1. Keep a safe following distance.
    To avoid rear-ending the vehicle in front of you, give yourself enough reaction and stopping time.
  1. Watch your speed.
    Speed limit signs indicate the maximum speed you should be driving under ideal conditions. You may need to reduce your speed for conditions such as inclement weather, glare, darkness, potholes and traffic flow.
  1. Check your tire pressure and treads.
    Ensure that your tires are inflated to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure.

What is your workplace doing to foster safer driving? Share your tips and best practices with the WCB at worksafeinquiry@wcbsask.com.