Stay safe this long weekend

It’s been a tremendous summer in the Kootenays. Fantastic weather has complimented our spectacular mountain surroundings.

It’s been a tremendous summer in the Kootenays. Fantastic weather has complimented our spectacular mountain surroundings. For those fortunate enough to live here, everyday seems like a holiday.

As we head into the Labour Day long weekend, let’s not ruin it.

Earlier this week, ICBC issued some tips for drivers heading out of the roads for one last summer trip. The numbers attached to the press release are disturbing. ICBC says on an average Labour Day long weekend in this province, four people are killed, 560 injured and there are 1,900 crashes. Though most of the incidents will occur in the more heavily populated areas of the province, we are certainly not immune.

ICBC’s tips are simple and worth noting.

Pre-trip check: Check your engine oil, coolant levels and lights, and inspect your vehicle tires, including the spare, to make sure they’re in good condition and properly inflated.

RVs in your way: You’ll likely spot many recreational vehicles on the highways this weekend. If you’re driving in mountainous areas, you may find that many RV’s are driving below the speed limit because they may be underpowered and overloaded. Be patient with these drivers as they are likely going uphill as fast as they can.

Stay alert: The warm weather we’re experiencing combined with long drives can be a dangerous combination. Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and take rest breaks every 1.5 to 2 hours to avoid driver fatigue.

Eliminate distractions: Plan ahead to avoid being distracted while driving — turn off your cellphone before you head out or put it in the trunk so you won’t be tempted to answer if it rings.

Keep your distance: Always maintain a safe travelling distance between vehicles. Allow at least two seconds of following distance in good weather.

Have a great and safe long weekend.