Keeping safe on the roads this holiday season
During the Christmas and New Year period there is an increased number of cars on the road, these are some tips to follow this holiday season to keep you and those around, safe on the road.
Check your car before your trip
Before you leave for a long journey your safety should begin with your car, if your car hasn’t been recently serviced these are a few things you should check before your journey.
Tyres –Double check that the tyre tread is adequate and that the air pressure is correct.
Oil – Check that there is the correct amount of oil in your car by conducting an oil check.
Lights – Ensure that all your headlights and brake lights are in working order before leaving, not only is it a legal requirement it is also a major safety hazard if they aren’t working.
Battery – Before your trip ensure that your battery connections are secure and if possible, take some jumper leaders with you.
Washers – Check your wiper blades and fill up your washer bottles.
Leave extra time for your trip
Due to the increased number of cars on the road during the holiday period, there is a high chance that there will be some delays and congestion, even if you have done the trip before allow extra time for your trip to ensure you arrive at your destination on time and you don’t have to rush.
Fatigue is one of the big three killers on NSW roads, so it is important to take breaks on long journeys to ensure the safety of you and others on the road. It is advised to take a break every two hours for at least 15 minutes on long journeys. Before you leave for your trip plan your breaks by looking at the rest stops along your route and decide which ones you should stop at along the way. If possible, split the driving with another licensed passenger to avoid driving fatigued.
Check the weather and conditions
Before your trip check the weather and conditions of your route and note any road works, congested areas or possible bad weather. This will allow you to prepare for your journey ahead and adjust your driving and route accordingly.