Long weekends in the summer are synonymous with road trips. Many Canadians are packing up their cars and getting ready to celebrate Canada Day. Whether you’re heading to the nearest beach or across the country, make sure you’re driving safely this long weekend.

Patience Is Key
The Canada Day long weekend is a busy travel time, so be prepared for heavy traffic. Remember that summer is also a time for construction — traffic on major roads could come to a standstill. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, and consider getting on the road early to avoid some of the traffic.

Stay Focused
Even if you’re crawling along in traffic, it’s important to stay focused on the road. While some drivers might be tempted to answer a phone call or read a text while waiting in traffic, doing so is extremely dangerous. Not only could you cause an accident, but you could also face a steep fine if caught.

Plan for Breaks
It’s important to take regular breaks while on a long weekend road trip. Pit stops give you a chance to stretch your legs and hydrate as well as safely check phone messages and texts. Remember that it’s never safe to drive while tired, so have a plan in place to rest for the night if you’re driving a long distance.

Always make sure everyone in the car is buckled up — seatbelts save lives.

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