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AA Reminds Drivers To Play It Safe Over Holidays

Media Release
20 December 2004

AA Reminds Drivers To Play It Safe Over The Holiday Period

Whether on holiday at the beach, with family and friends, or travelling to a new location, nobody wants to be involved in a road accident.

It is up to every driver to be responsible for their own safety and their passenger’s safety – and that of other road users.

To assist you, your family, friends, staff and colleagues to have a safe and accident free holiday season, the Association reminds all drivers to remember the following advice:

Courtesy – be courteous and show consideration to other road users. Obey the rules of the road.

Don’t drive to the limit of your capabilities, stay well within them.

Maintain the gap – maintain a minimum two-second gap between your car and the vehicle in front. The gap should be greater in adverse weather or visibility conditions.

Keep left – keep to the left unless overtaking.

Speeding – excessive speed is a major cause of road accidents, drive within the speed limit at all times. If you encounter sunstrike or fog, or are unsure of the road, slow down.

Drink Driving – Driving and alcohol do not mix. If you are attending a social function and intend to drink, leave your car at home or nominate a non-drinker to drive.

Fatigue – if going on a long trip, get a good night’s sleep beforehand. Avoid driving late at night, and do not continue to drive if you are tired or feel stressed. Take regular breaks while driving.

Seat Belts – wear your seat belt at all times, and ensure every passenger is securely restrained. Pay particular attention to children as passengers. Don’t forget to secure pets.

Car maintenance – have your car checked over or serviced before starting on your holiday to minimize the inconvenience of a breakdown.

Above all, remember that courtesy when driving encourages co-operative and safe use of the road.


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