Safe driving on long trips means taking regular breaks to rest your mind and body. Driver fatigue is a major cause of vehicle crashes, so try to take a 15-minute break about every two hours along your journey. Stretch, move around and revive. Have something to eat or drink and really give yourself rest!
Across the province, the ministry has about 170 rest areas available for you to take a short break. All rest areas are equipped with garbage cans and the majority have picnic tables. All have toilets – ranging from classic rustic pit toilets, to compost toilets, to full-flush facilities. Some rest areas even have trails and scenic lookouts.
When travelling long distances between communities in some of our Northern regions, having a nice place to pull over and rest can make or break a trip. With that in mind, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has recently refreshed the Hwy 77 Fort Nelson, Hwy 29N Peace View and Hwy 97 Kiskatinaw rest areas in the Peace Region.
Another great place to take a break from the road is a provincial park. Many are not far off the highway. They provide not only the amenities of a rest area, but usually running water, short trails and sometimes even a lake in which to take a refreshing plunge.
Whenever you’re on the road, watch for signs of fatigue, like tired eyes, wandering concentration, yawning, drowsiness, restlessness, slow reaction time and over-steering. If you’re feeling groggy, it’s time to get off the highway and recharge. You refuel your car when it is running low; recharge yourself at a rest area!