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5 driver safety tips you should remember this long weekend

With the Queen’s Birthday long weekend fast approaching, Shine Lawyers is urging commuters to take care and follow 5 simple safety tips to ensure their vehicles are prepared for long distance travel.

“The vast expanse of land in Australia and the tradition to get away for the long weekend means it’s almost impossible not to use our roads,” said Shine Lawyer’s NSW General Manager James Chrara.

“Unfortunately at this time of year, the focus for many of us is getting to our destinations as quickly as possible, with safety often a secondary consideration,” he said.

“This weekend make sure you follow our simple safety tips to ensure your family arrive safe and sound and make the most out of your long weekend.”

Here are 5 quick, practical tips to avoid personal injury caused by accidents :

1. Check over your car – It’s important to check your vehicle over before travel. Road safety bodies generally recommend the POWER check. POWER stands for Petrol, Oils, Water, Electric and Rubbers.

2. Concentration and mental preparation – Getting a good night’s sleep before your journey is very important. Plan ahead and accept that it may take a little longer than you expected to reach your destination. Drink plenty of water and take a short break every 2 hours to help improve your concentration.

3. Be courteous – Share the road and try to control any frustration. Allow other drivers to merge or change lanes easily, use your horn as a warning sound only – not out of frustration, be aware of the needs of other drivers and road users like pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and heavy vehicles.

4. Be mindful of stopping distances – Always leave a suitable gap between you and the vehicle in front. Be careful of trucks and other road vehicles that usually need more time to stop. Weather should also be taken into consideration as stopping in the rain or wet requires more time.

5. Anticipate other road users’ actions – Expect the unexpected and remember that we can all make mistakes sometimes. Other road users may not indicate or check to see if you are coming but if you are prepared for this, it should not come as a surprise.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: September 26, 2018.

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