Central and North Burnett Times - - DRIVER SAFETY AWARENESS 2012 -

Plan­ning the trip

• Plan the route and where the rest stops will be – al­low plenty of time to com­plete the jour­ney • Take ad­e­quate rest breaks, at least a

15 minute break ev­ery 2 hours • Make sure ev­ery­one uses their seat belts, par­tic­u­larly check young chil­dren are re­strained prop­erly • Con­sider how best to keep chil­dren oc­cu­pied to min­imise risks of driver dis­trac­tion • Share the driv­ing • Watch for signs of fa­tigue – feel­ing drowsy, lack of con­cen­tra­tion, driv­ing mis­takes • Mon­i­tor the weather, if se­vere storm warn­ings are given con­sider de­lay­ing the drive or mak­ing an early stopover • Plan for break­downs, if you no­tice a prob­lem, don’t keep driv­ing but pull over into a safe spot and call for as­sis­tance • Over­heat­ing is a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem – this can turn into a costly re­pair if im­me­di­ate ac­tion isn’t taken to find a safe place to pull over • Pack the ve­hi­cle safely – make sure the ve­hi­cle isn’t over­loaded, it’s im­por­tant the driver can still see out the rear and that there are no loose items that can fly around the cabin in a crash

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