Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Survive the Drive This Silly Season

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Survive the Drive This Silly Season

Article excerpt

CHRISTMAS is a time for being with family and friends and many of us chose to make a road journey to be with these people at this time of year.

Our priority when travelling should always be to get there safely. I'm sure everyone would prefer you to be late than "Dead on Time", as a recent road safety campaign has told us.

Can you imagine how next Christmas will be for everyone else in your family should you become a fatality over the Christmas period?

Think about it.

The members of the Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas.

We would like to share the following with you from the Australian Road Safety Foundation.

These are their top 10 tips for safe Christmas driving.

1. Plan ahead & be flexible

Take a little time to make sure that you and your vehicle are safe before hitting the road. Plan to avoid the worst peak traffic periods when many highways become congested. Allow plenty of time and make the journey part of the holiday. Schedule regular rest stops.

2. Be alert to changes

Check relevant State traffic and travel information websites or call the relevant number for real time updates about road changes, delays, closures and incidents.

3. Drive to the conditions

"Conditions" doesn't just refer to the weather. It includes: the road you're on; weather; traffic conditions; speed (the speed limit and a "safe speed" may differ); you - are you tired or on medication that affects your driving; and your vehicle and load.

4. Watch out for fatigue

Long trips are tiring and fatigue can be deadly behind the wheel. Plan to get enough rest beforehand and during the trip so that you drive fresh. Plan in advance where you'll take breaks on your trip. A large percentage of fatal traffic accidents are single vehicle crashes where fatigue is a contributing factor. …

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