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Driver safety tips for the long weekend

With Labour Day long weekend approaching, Shine Lawyers are urging commuters to take care and follow simple safety tips to ensure 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 we receive a lot of calls from people who have experienced incidents on the road.

The majority of these incidents seem to relate to speed, driver fatigue, negligent drivers or mechanical problems with vehicles,” Mr Chrara said.

By taking note of these driver safety tips, you could avoid problems this long weekend:

1. Check tyre pressure - Make sure you regularly check your tyre pressure - insufficient air could put you at risk of a blow-out. Such an event at high speed makes it extremely difficult to maintain control of the vehicle.

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 then you expected to reach your destination. Taking a short break every 2 hours will help improve your concentration and it is important to drink plenty of water.

3. 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.

4. Ensure head restraints are at the right level - Often overlooked, it is also necessary to check that the head restraints are at eye level with the occupant. Seatbelts should also be fastened for all passengers.

5. Take notice of warning lights - It’s important to immediately stop and take note of any warning lights that have come on in your car. Some telling signs that there’s an issue with your vehicle are:

  • The temperature gauge indicates hot
  • There are unusual vibrations or noises
  • Oil gauge is low and/or flashing

Written by Will Barsby

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: April 18, 2019.

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