Inattention, speed, fatigue, seatbelts, drink drug driving and remain our biggest killers on the road. Please consider the following to keep our roads safe.
Take time to observe and drive according to the road conditions. In winter the roads can be wet, frosty and slippery. Fog and rain can significantly reduce visibility. Being familiar with the road can also create a false sense of safety and some drivers forget to adapt to altered weather conditions.
Only overtake when you are confident that you have enough time to do so. You need to factor in the road conditions and the potential speed of oncoming vehicles.
Use headlights at appropriate times; at night; on dusk, in fog and when the weather has caused reduced visibility. Some drivers feel more comfortable travelling under the speed limit.
If you are a slower driver, be aware of drivers behind you and if they start to bank up, it is common courtesy to pull over in a safe place and let them pass. This may reduce the potential for road rage.
Driving courteously is a two-way street, capable drivers need to be considerate of all road users including novice drivers, visitors and slower drivers, so we can all share the road safely.
Mobile phone usage whilst driving is unfortunately very common, despite education campaigns and increased fines. Although statistically difficult to prove, it is believed that inattention, due to use of mobile phones is a contributing factor in many crashes.
Passengers can be a distraction and should be mindful that they too have a role when it comes to road safety. Stop for a rest if tired, drive according to the conditions and help keep our roads safe.