KEY POINTS TO KEEP YOU SAFE ON OUR ROADS

  • Leave a 3 second gap between you and the car ahead

    • Extend the gap if;

      • Somebody is tailgating you

      • You are in a tunnel

      • You have limited vision ahead (large truck in front, wet/dull/glare)

  • Drive at a suitable speed for the conditions (at or below the speed limit)

    • Reduce your speed if;

      • Greater volume of traffic

      • Busy areas such as shopping zones (without reduced limits posted)

      • Wet roads

      • Unfamiliar roads

      • Winding country roads where you cannot see clearly through the corner

  • Avoid distractions when using the roads

    • Do not touch your phone when in the car

      • Do not take any calls if phone is not fully integrated in vehicle

      • Do not check messages, even when stationary at traffic lights

      • Never use social media when in the car

      • Do not use your phone for music unless its fully integrated in vehicle

      • Do not use your phone for Navigation unless you have set destination prior to driving and the phone is in a suitably placed holder

      • If it is important to use your phone when you are in the car please pull over in a safe spot

    • Do not use your phone when walking on or near roads

      • Similar levels of distractions effect pedestrians too, your decision making will be reduced and you may put yourself at risk

    • Reduce the intensity of conversations with passengers so that dealing with the risks on the road is your priority

  • Always take a minute to set your seat/steering/mirrors before driving.

    • Don’t forget to click in your seat belt before driving as well (including passengers)

  • Keep your vision up and down the road

    • Always read the traffic situation well ahead of where you are

      • Adjust your speed for changing conditions early

      • Manoeuvre early for turns and lane changes

      • Read other road user behaviour early and adjust your road speed & position so that their errors don’t make your driving reactive

    • Relax and enjoy your driving without surprises popping up ahead

  • Take responsibility for your behaviour on our roads

    • Do not assume that the road laws will keep you safe

    • Don’t assume that modern vehicle safety technology will keep you safe

    • Expect that other drivers will make mistakes

    • Be the one in control of managing the many risks on our roads

Defensive Road Safety Tips

  Important points to remember after attending the Defensive Road Safety program

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