Show cau­tion on the road

Have a safe and happy hol­i­day

Central Queensland News - - 2017 CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE -

AS THE silly sea­son be­gins and fam­i­lies hit the road for the Christ­mas hol­i­days, it’s more im­por­tant than ever to en­sure you’re well pre­pared be­fore set­ting off on that long-awaited trip.

RACQ’s ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies ex­ec­u­tive man­ager, Steve Spalding, said that dur­ing school hol­i­days – and par­tic­u­larly in the mad rush of Christ­mas – thou­sands of fam­i­lies were at risk of a night­mare hol­i­day be­cause their cars weren’t prop­erly pre­pared.

“The key to any long jour­ney is proper plan­ning and this in­cludes check­ing road con­di­tions be­fore you leave and mak­ing sure the car is safe,” he said.

RACQ rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing tips to en­sure a safe road trip:

■ Plan the route and rest stops and al­low plenty of time to com­plete the jour­ney.

■ Don’t over­load the ve­hi­cle and make sure the driver can see out of the rear win­dow.

■ Check that all lights, wind­screen wipers and wash­ers are work­ing.

■ Check tyres are in good or­der and in­flated cor­rectly – and don’t for­get the spare.

■ If tow­ing a trailer or car­a­van, make sure it is in a safe and road­wor­thy con­di­tion.

■ Share the driving or take at least a 15-minute break ev­ery two hours.

■ Watch for signs of fa­tigue, such as drowsi­ness and minor driving mis­takes.

■ Don’t keep driving if there’s a me­chan­i­cal prob­lem – pull over and call RACQ.

Make sure to visit www.racq.com.au for more help­ful hol­i­day mo­tor­ing tips and RACQ’s Trip Plan­ner and Road Con­di­tions Re­port.

PHOTO: YARUTA

BE PRE­PARED: If you're plan­ning a fam­ily car trip for the school hol­i­days, make sure both you and your ve­hi­cle are ready to go.

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