The August Civic long week­end is final­ly here and as one of the busiest week­ends of the sum­mer, it’s about to become even more busy with the var­i­ous activ­i­ties tak­ing place through­out the city: con­certs, music fes­ti­vals, food fest and trav­el activ­i­ties. Long week­ends like these are the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty to hang with fam­i­ly and friends, relax from a tough work week and have fun.  Whether it’s going on long trip, a day’s out­ing or vis­it­ing one of the cities events, peo­ple love long week­ends.

How­ev­er, regard­less of the activ­i­ty, it’s impor­tant to stay safe dur­ing the long week­end. Through­out the years, sum­mer long week­ends have had a his­to­ry of being promi­nent for acci­dents and fatal­i­ties. With the Civic long week­end hav­ing a his­to­ry of being an unsafe and dead­ly week­end, here are some tips to stay safe and have fun this long week­end:

  • If you’re going on a trip, make sure to get your car checked out before you leave. You don’t want to start off your long week­end with any unsus­pect­ed sur­pris­es on the road. Also make sure to keep car sup­plies in the truck just in case an emer­gency does arise.
  • Dri­ve safe­ly. With sev­er­al activ­i­ties tak­ing place through­out the city, it‘s impor­tant to have some patience while on the road as many peo­ple will be trav­el­ling in and out of the city. Remem­ber to also watch your speed this week­end as offi­cers will be patrolling the roads and look­ing for dis­tract­ed and speed­ing dri­vers. With a bit of patience, it will help to keep every­one safe on the road.
  • If you are trav­el­ling by car this week­end, take a break from the DVD’s and hand held games and play some fun road games. It’ll help keep every­one upbeat dur­ing the dri­ve and will allow for the time to fly by.
  • While on the road, don’t drink and dri­ve. It’s impor­tant to keep this in mind every time you dri­ve. Drink­ing and dri­ving is a dan­ger­ous haz­ard on the road, as it puts your life and the lives of oth­ers.
  • If you’re head­ing onto the lake, make sure that the boat has been checked out and that enough life jack­ets are present on the boat. In case of an acci­dent, a life jack­et can save a per­son­’s life, even if they can swim.
  • If you are going swim­ming this week­end, don’t con­sume alco­hol before a swim as it can impair your vision and judge­ment. Also, nev­er leave chil­dren unat­tend­ed while swim­ming.

Still don’t know what you’re doing this week­end? If you’re not leav­ing the city, there are plen­ty of activ­i­ties for you to choose from to enjoy the week­end. Catch a con­cert at Echo Beach or attend the Carib­ana Grand Parade this Sat­ur­day, which wraps up the Sco­tia­bank Caribbean Car­ni­val or if you’re into sports, check out the Rogers cup at the Rex­all Cen­ter.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.