Pack smart for your family road trip these holidays to stay safe
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.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Pack the car securely these school holidays.