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