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Stay safe on the road this long weekend

Our Journeys magazine editor Paula Sward is hitting the road in an Apollo campervan this week – you can follow her journey on our website.

Here are some tips she's received from our road safety team that we recommend all motorists follow to keep you safe on the road this Australia Day long weekend:

  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, if heavy rains and flooding are forecast in the area where you are travelling, consider delaying your trip.
  • Check for road closures on the Tasmania Police website http://www.police.tas.gov.au/alerts/road-closure.
  • Check for upcoming roadworks on state roads at www.transport.tas.gov.au/road/closures_delays and ensure you allow additional travel time. For local roadworks check with the local council: http://www.lgat.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=221
  • Obey speed advisory signs at all times.
  • Is your vehicle 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. RACT provides a range of vehicle services for members and non-members. To check pricing and make a booking click here.  
  • Is your phone fully charged or do you have an in-vehicle charger?
  • 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. Allow more time than you would normally due to the road conditions and terrain.
  • 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.