5 tips for safe Summer driving

Thousands of Queenslanders are set to hit the roads over Summer to make the most of their Christmas break. But are you properly prepared?

Holiday road trip

RACQ has compiled a list of top tips to keep you and your family safe:

  1. Get your car serviced – This may sound simple, but keeping up to date with servicing is one of the easiest ways you can stay out of trouble on the roads. Allow plenty of time to ensure any essential repairs can be carried out, before businesses close for the Christmas break. Servicing will ensure fluids like oil and coolant are at the appropriate levels, which is especially important in the warmer weather. It’s much easier to repair your vehicle before you pack up and leave, rather than once you’re on your way.
  2. Take regular breaks – Fatigue is currently responsible for up to 20 percent of fatal crashes on Queensland roads. If you’re planning a long drive, it’s vital you take a break of at least 15 minutes every two hours. This will not only give you a chance to stretch your legs, but also lets the kids run off some steam too. Also, plan your trips so you get enough good quality sleep before hitting the road and so you’re not driving any more than 8-10 hours in a day.
  3. Carry plenty of water – it’s all too easy to become dehydrated, especially in the warmer months. Make sure you carry enough water with you, just in case you’re unlucky enough to break down. If you do, make sure you give RACQ Roadside Assistance a call.
  4. Keep the kids occupied – Children can easily become bored on long trips and become another dangerous distraction for the driver. Planning ahead is vital. Make sure you bring plenty of snacks and entertainment to ensure they’re occupied, so you can give the road your full attention. Never leave a child in a car unattended.
  5. Plan your journey – Keep up to date with what’s happening on the roads by heading to RACQ’s Road Conditions website. Not only will it alert you to crashes and incidents on your route, it will also pinpoint road works, special events and flood zones. It can also help you find the cheapest petrol price at the bowser.