June 30, 2003

BCAA offers summer vacation tips for motorists

Burnaby, B.C. – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) recommends motorists take a few extra precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and their passengers, in what is typically the busiest time of year for road travel.

  • Plan ahead and involve the kids in planning. Let them research
    destinations and allow them to have a say in where they want to go
    and what they want to do. This will reduce anxiety and whining.

  • Reserve hotels, campgrounds and car rentals well in advance so that
    you won’t be disappointed when you arrive at your destination.

  • Bring entertainment for the kids. Pack a cooler with juice boxes and
    snacks, and invest in a scrapbook and instant cameras.

  • Purchase books, such as the American Automobile Association’s
    Travelling with your Pet guide which has a detailed listing of
    pet-friendly AAA/CAA approved lodgings throughout North America.

BCAA also recommends that vacationers take the following – often
forgotten about – precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and their
loved ones while on vacation:

  • Make sure your vehicle has a thorough tune-up and check windshield
    wiper blades and windshield-washer fluid before heading out.

  • Carry a cell phone with you just in case you need to make an
    emergency call, and pull over if you need to use it.

  • Stop newspaper delivery and ask a neighbour to collect community
    newspapers and your mail, and leave a set of keys and your contact
    information with them. Also arrange to have your grass mowed while
    you’re away.

  • If you’re travelling out of the province, ensure you have proper
    medical insurance in case of emergencies.

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