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RACT encourages checks before you hit the road

RACT has encouraged motorists to check their vehicles before they hit the road this Easter.

What do you need to know to get home safely?

"Flat batteries are the number one reason for RACT Roadside Assistance call outs," RACT Group Chief Executive Harvey Lennon said.

​"Undertaking these checks at this time of year is particularly important as the weather is getting colder and driving conditions can be more challenging."

RACT recommends you use the following checklist before you depart:

  • Check the weather forecast before you leave.
  • Check for road closures on the Tasmania Police website here.
  • Check for upcoming roadworks on state roads here and ensure you allow additional travel time.
  • Obey speed advisory signs at all times.
  • Is your car roadworthy (lights, wiper blades, hoses, belts, oil and water) and has it been serviced recently? Most importantly what is the condition of your tyres (pressure and tread depth), particularly the inner and outer edges.
  • Is your phone fully charged or do you have an in-car charg​er?
  • Pack warm clothes and some food and water just in case you break down.
  • Avoid driving at dusk or dawn (due to animals on the road), or if you must drive at these times slow down and watch the road verges for wildlife.
  • Let someone know what time you are likely to arrive and how they can contact you when you do.
  • ALWAYS drive to the conditions, take your time and take regular breaks.

 

Mr Lennon said while the majority of motorists obeyed the speed limit, a speed limit should be regarded as the upper limit not a speed that was safe to travel at. "And though we should not have to say it, do not drive after drinking or if you have taken drugs."

Mr Lennon also encouraged motorists to download the GasBuddy app that provided real-time fuel prices via a mobile device. "Checking the app today revealed locations in Tasmania where petrol is available at a cheaper price," he said. 

​Our Roadside Assistance service will operate as normal over the Easter break for RACT members. Call 13 11 11.

​The Road Safety Advisory Council says free tea and coffee will be at locations staffed by State Emergency Service volunteers on Monday between 10am and 5pm.

Driver Reviver locations:

  • St Peters Pass on the Midland Highway in the south.
  • The Sidling Lookout on the Tasman Highway in the north-east.
  • Parramatta Creek on the Bass Highway in the north.
  • Fossey River on the Murchison Highway in the north-west.
  • The Franklin River Nature Trail on the Lyell Highway in the south-west.