Show caution on the road
Have a safe and happy holiday
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.
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.