Stay safe this Easter

The RACT is urging all drivers to ensure they are prepared and travel safely on our roads during the busy Easter period.

Traditionally RACT Roadside Assist calls from country areas increase during the Easter holidays, and many are preventable.

Drivers are encouraged to ensure regular servicing, repairs and maintenance are carried out on their vehicle. While this won’t absolutely guarantee you a breakdown-free Easter, it will help you to avoid a call-out.

If towing a boat or caravan, make sure the lights work, and that the coupling and safety chain are in good order. Proper wheel bearing maintenance is also highly recommended if you have not had the trailer out for a while.

And, as daylight saving will end during Easter, motorists will be travelling in darker conditions earlier in the evenings, so make sure all lights are working and switched on when appropriate. RACT recommends low beam headlights are used at all times during highway driving.

In addition, drivers should plan ahead for their trip, taking into account the weather forecast and how this will affect road conditions; check for roadworks planned on your driving route and allow extra time to travel; and, if possible, avoid driving at dusk or dawn because of animals on the road.

Tasmania Police will be out in force during the Easter break and we join them in asking drivers to keep the ‘fatal five’ in mind:

• Slow down and drive to the conditions

• Pay attention all the time

• Don’t drive while tired

• Wear your seatbelt or helmet

• Don’t drive after drinking or if you’ve taken drugs – it’s not just your life at risk.

The State Emergency Service will operate Driver Reviver stops throughout the state on Easter Monday (2 April). Click here for more details and locations.