Whatever you call it - the May 2-4, Victoria Day weekend or the beginning of the road construction season, this is a big weekend. It's our unoffical start to summer and a great opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Canada. For many, that means heading to the cottage to open it up for the season, taking the tarp off the boat or pulling the camping gear out of the basement to tent with friends.
I'm all for fun, but if you are heading out on the roadways this weekend, please be safe. I still find it hard to believe that people need to be reminded not to drink and drive or wear seatbelts and lifejackets these days, but if history repeats, there will be plenty of tragic accidents in the news on Monday and Tuesday. As a father of young children, those stories of lives lost because of a temporary rest from common sense break my heart each time I hear them. Seatbelts, lifejackets and Arrive Alive campaigns exist for a reason. To drive home this message, a smart bunch of folks in Newfoundland held a "mock" accident for the media yesterday. Worth checking out.
So from all of us at Pump Talk have fun, but don't think you're too cool to be safe this May 2-4 weekend.
Photo Credit: Greg Gladman