The festive season is now in full swing! Are you protected on the road?
many people hitting the road to attend Christmas gatherings and end of year
celebrations, and tourists arriving in record numbers, it’s a good time to
remind everyone to take extra care on the roads. Travelling during holiday periods can be more risky due to increased traffic volumes, tiredness, people driving in unfamiliar environments, and a higher number of people driving under the influence of alcohol.
Last year Tasmania attracted over 1.17 million visitors
Since most visitors tour Tasmania by car and/or recreational vehicle, traffic volumes undoubtedly increase during the holiday season. In the year ending June 2016, Tasmania received 224,000 international visitors (up 13% from the previous year) with the most people arriving from China, UK, USA, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.*
It's important to give drivers extra space, cut out distractions, always be aware of your surroundings and be ready to make a quick decision.
More social events means more drink drivers on the roads over the coming weeks
Driving under the influence is one of the biggest killers on Tasmanian roads with one in four fatalities and one in eight serious injuries linked to drink driving in Tasmania. Alcohol and other drugs can decrease your mental alertness and concentration, physical coordination, and ability to react quickly to appropriately to what's happening on the road.
If you're drinking, always plan a safe ride home whether it be from a taxi or rideshare service like Uber, public transport, or from a friend or family member.
Adopting these defensive driving techniques can help keep you safe on the road
- Think safety first
- Do not depend on other drivers
- Follow the 3- to 4- second rule leaving drivers extra space
- Keep your speed down and drive to the conditions
- Have an escape route
- Avoid drowsy driving
- Cut out distractions (Yes, it's time to turn the volume of your Michael Buble Christmas album down)
- Avoid multi-tasking (especially texting or talking on your cell phone)
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*Tourism data obtained from Tourism Tasmania Snapshot year ending June 2016.