With most schools and workplaces closing down for the Christmas break and Christmas just days away, we take this as a time to remember the importance of road safety.
- Sleep; always get enough of it before you head on your journey. Don’t just rely on highly caffeinated drinks, the caffeine from these drinks doesn’t last forever.
- Share the driving responsibilities with someone else if you can. If you’re sharing the drive with someone else you can also keep an eye on each other. If you’re alone, put some music on and take regular breaks.
- Following on from our last point, take regular breaks. Stretch your legs, have a bite to eat and a nap if you need to.
- If you need to pull your vehicle over, make sure you have stopped in a safe position and that your hazard lights are on. Also make sure everyone in the vehicle is off the road.
- Drive to the weather conditions. If it’s raining, slow down, it takes longer to stop in the wet. Turn on your headlights and never drive beyond the limits of visibility.
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. Check out our tips here.
- Make sure everything that is coming with you on your road trip, like bikes and luggage, are properly secured to your vehicle.
- Avoid distractions. Hide your phone away; make sure everyone in the vehicle knows the importance of not diverting the driver’s attention off the road.
- Watch out for other drivers. You could take this safety message away, but it doesn’t mean someone else has. It’s important that you’re prepared for other driver’s unpredictable lane changes, swerving, tailgating and un-signalled turns.
- Finally, wear your seat belt, don’t drink and drive and don’t speed.
Written by Shine Lawyers on December 3, 2013. Last modified: September 26, 2018.