WITH 75 deaths on our state’s roads already this year, Roadsafe Goulburn Valley Victoria, in conjunction with the SES, is urging all motorists to plan their holiday trips carefully this year and arrive alive.
Local service clubs and SES volunteers will operate Driver Reviver sites on Victoria’s major roads and highways designed to encourage all motorists to take a break and avoid fatigue.
Locations will operate where free tea and coffee will be provided for motorists and their passengers encouraging them to take a break in their journey.
Roadsafe Goulburn Valley program coordinator, Peter McPhee said, “Fatigue is a major cause of road crashes and it is estimated to be a factor in more than 30 percent of casualty crashes in Victoria.
“Drivers need to be particularly vigilant during mid-afternoon and between midnight and dawn when research has proven the risk of fatigue causes driver error and increases the serious crashes and fatalities.
“Before you leave, make sure your car lights, indicators, windscreen wipers, and hand brake are all working properly and your engine oil and water levels are topped up, your seat belts and child restrains are fitted correctly and your tyres have sufficient tread and correct pressure.
“Ensure a safe holiday, reach your destination and return to hour home safely.”
Important tips for a safer holiday driving plan
- Plan your drive well
- Make sure you have had sufficient sleep before you start a long drive
- Never drive at times that you would normally sleep
- Take a break out of your vehicle at least every 90 minutes of driving time
- Never drink alcohol, even small quantities before or during a long trip
- Always obey all road signs and drive to the conditions of the road and weather
- Share the driving wherever possible with all road users
- Do not speed or run risks
- Please take regular breaks and use the Driver Reviver sites
- Never take illicit drugs – if medication is required read the instructions
- Drive with headlights on low beam during daylight hours.