Top Tips to stay safe on the roads



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Driving at Christmas time can be more difficult than usual, due to increased traffic, closures, and longer distances to travel. We share our best road safety tips to keep you and your family safe as you hit the road these holidays.


Check your car is ready to go

Before you go away on a long trip, ensure your car has had a recent service and check things like1:


Check your insurance is up to date

Review your policy, and make sure you’re covered for the trip ahead - especially if you’re driving long distances. If you are planning to share the driving, make sure all drivers are covered by your insurance.


Take breaks

Driving when tired can be deadly, and driving on few hours of sleep has a similar effect on your reactions to driving after more than two standard drinks2. Stop every two hours, and make sure to take a proper break to revitalise.


Share the driving

If you’re travelling with more than one licensed driver, then it’s a good idea to take turns. This will give everyone a chance to rest and recharge, and help reduce tiredness while you are driving. Besides, you’re on holidays, so it’s nice to have a little time to relax and enjoy the scenery too!


Take extra precautions in bad weather3

Driving in wet weather increases your chance of being in an accident, so make sure you double the space between you and the vehicle in front of you and slow down to avoid skidding. Drive to the conditions and use your headlights on low beam to help others on the road see your car.


References
  1. Department of Transport and Main Roads, Road Safety and Vehicle Maintenance for Long Trips, October 2018
  2. QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads - Driving tired
  3. Transport for NSW, Bad Weather

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Disclaimer

Information provided in this article is designed to be a guide only and was believed to be correct at time of publication. Please consider your own personal circumstances when reading the information contained within the article.