When you are travelling this holiday season make sure you continue to follow the road rules.
Often when you are travelling somewhere on holidays, you visit new places and therefore are likely to be unfamiliar with your surroundings and the local area. Before heading off on your next journey, take some time out to read the road maps so you have an idea of where you are going. Speed limits could be different in other areas so be observant and watch your speed. Indicate when you are changing lanes to let other motorists know what you are doing.
When children are on holidays, they tend to spend more time outside playing in the streets, parks and riding their bikes, roller skates and skateboards. So, be extra cautions when driving near children, you don’t need any injuries to prevent you from enjoying your much deserved break!
If you are off on a long trip, it is suggested that you take a minimum 15 minute break every two hours. According to the Queensland Government, there are plenty of rest areas used as driver reviver sites and they have:
- picnic tables
- playgrounds in some locations
- parking areas
- Tourist and route information.
You can find out more about driver reviver stops at the Queensland Government Website.
Now, although you are on holidays the same blood alcohol limits apply before driving a car. If you know you have drunk too much, then stay away from driving. You could not only severely injure or kill yourself but you put other motorists’ lives in danger as well. The police are out in force more than usual over the holiday periods so be sensible and don’t drink and drive!
Once you have enjoyed your holiday there is always the drive back home. The return trip is just as important as getting to your destination. The Queensland Government has said to remember to:
- have a break for 15 minutes every 2 hours
- buckle up
- slow down
- drive sober
- be careful when driving through residential streets as certain areas may still be on holidays
Also, as a reminder, a number of accidents occur when travellers are within 50km of home. So just because you know you are almost home, it doesn’t mean that you can relax and become less focused.
You want to be able to remember the great time you had on your holiday so follow these steps to ensure you have a safe and happy holiday!
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