Top tips to stay safe on the road



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Getting ready to hit the road for a long distance adventure? Road trips with the family can be fun and exciting, but it’s important to be prepared. We share our best road safety tips to take the stress out of your trip, and keep your family safe.

Please note the information in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider obtaining independent advice before making any decisions based on this article.


Check your car is ready to go

Before you go away on a long trip, ensure your car’s servicing is up to date, also regularly check things like1:


Check your insurance is up to date

Review your policy, and make sure it suits your needs - especially if you’re driving long distances. If you only have Third Party Property Damage insurance, consider upgrading to Comprehensive cover which will cover your vehicle for loss or damage as a result of an insured accident on the road. If you are planning to share the driving, make sure all drivers are covered by your car insurance policy.

Check your cover options by getting a quote , or if you’re a current Allianz customer, review the details of your car insurance by visiting the Allianz Car Insurance PDS.


Take breaks

Driving when tired can be deadly, and driving on a 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 Queensland Government, Road Safety and Vehicle Maintenance for Long Trips, viewed April 2020, https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/safety/holiday-travel/long-trips

2 Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Driving Tired, viewed April 2020, https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Driver-guide/Driving-safely/Driving-tired.aspx

3 Transport for NSW, Bad Weather, viewed April 2020, https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/drivers/badweather/index.html


Disclaimer

This article has been prepared by Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 AFSL 234708 (“Allianz”). Information contained in this article is accurate as at 15th June 2020 and may be subject to change. In some cases information has been provided to us by third parties and while that information is believed to be accurate and reliable, its accuracy is not guaranteed in any way. Any opinions expressed constitute our views at the time of issue and are subject to change. Neither Allianz, nor its employees or directors give any warranty of accuracy or accept responsibility for any loss or liability incurred by you in respect of any error, omission or misrepresentation in this article.