In their Summer Safety Tips campaign, CAA Saskatchewan reminds drivers of the dangers of distracted driving.
"Distracted driving takes your eyes and your mind off the road," said Director of Communications, Christine Niemczyk.
She noted that drivers engaged in manual visual interactions with cell phones are eight times more likely to be involved in a crash.
"We want to eliminate distractions while driving," she said. Tips include avoiding the use of cell phones, and not eating, drinking, smoking or grooming while driving. Also, delegating the temperature, radio and GPS controls is another way to ensure focus."Let someone else in the vehicle do all of that for you, let's let the driver just continue driving in a very positive, undistracted manner," said Niemczyk, adding that long conversations can also be a distraction.
She also suggests having your vehicle checked before hitting the road.
"You want to check to make sure you've looked at the tire pressure, all the fluid levels are up to date, and that you've got confidence in driving safely knowing that you've done everything ahead of time to avoid any possible breakdowns."