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Be Safe on the Highway This Long Weekend: CAA

May 17, 2013 9:28 AM | News

CAA ManitobaHitting the open road this May long weekend? CAA has some tips for you.

As Manitobans flock to cottage country and everywhere in between, the automobile association wants to ensure it’s a safe trip.

CAA suggests slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles, including tow trucks. If the speed limit is 80 km/h or higher, motorists are required to slow down to 60 km/h, while slowing down to 40 km/h when the speed limit is less than 80 km/h. Motorists can face a fine of $300 and two demerits when failing to do so.

Other tips include making sure any items on the outside of your vehicle are secured tightly, checking to ensure all lights are working both on your vehicle and any trailers or accessories you may be towing, and properly inflating your tires and topping up any engine fluids.

“Many of us are excited to head out of the city this weekend,” said CAA Manitoba spokesperson Angèle Faucher. “Following these simple rules will help each of us reach our destination safely.”

On Thursday, RCMP and Manitoba Public Insurance launched their annual RoadWatch campaign to target impaired drivers. Increased enforcement will be out this weekend throughout the province using a number of police agencies.