Pack smart for your fam­ily road trip these hol­i­days to stay safe

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IT IS the sum­mer school hol­i­days, with fam­i­lies head­ing off on trips away, but many strug­gle to squeeze ev­ery­thing into the car.

The RACQ is urg­ing mo­torists to en­sure their cars are packed cor­rectly be­fore they set off on hol­i­day road trips.

RACQ spokesper­son Clare Hunter said Queens­land law re­quired loads to be prop­erly se­cured.

“Hol­i­days are a great op­por­tu­nity to try out the new bikes or kayak you got for Christ­mas,” she said.

“What we don’t want is for your load to come off and cause a se­ri­ous traf­fic crash.”

Mo­torists could be given fines for loads that fall off cars and trail­ers.

“You could also be fined if your load is in dan­ger of fall­ing off, or if it ob­scures your num­ber plate,” Ms Hunter said.

Mo­torists need to be care­ful to not over-pack the in­side of their ve­hi­cles.

“Any­one who has driven on the high­way has seen a car packed to the ceil­ing with ev­ery­thing stuffed in in­clud­ing the kitchen sink,” she said.

“But over­load­ing the in­side of your car is a big no-no. It means you don’t have a clear view of any traf­fic be­hind you, or any in­ci­dent where you might need to take some eva­sive ac­tion to avoid a col­li­sion.”

The driver be­hind a mo­torist should be able to see in the rear-view mir­ror.

Ms Hunter said ig­no­rance of the road rules was not a valid ex­cuse if the ve­hi­cle was pulled over.

PHOTO: IS­TOCK

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Pack the car se­curely these school hol­i­days.

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