Its holiday time and families will soon be hitting the road for a well earned break.
So, this year Murcotts’ Safe Driving Message is a reminder about the dangers of driving long distances - and just being complacent about your family’s safety.
Unfortunately, road safety messages about drowsy driving, alcohol and drugs seem to be falling on deaf ears.
For those of you about to embark on a long road trip, think about this:
Of all road deaths in Australia, 66% occur in regional and remote areas.
44% of single vehicle, run-off road crashes occur on regional and remote roads.
Most fatal crashes on regional and remote roads occur in high-speed zones.
And these figures have remained constant for the last five years.
While drink driving rates have reduced slightly, alcohol impaired drivers still account for 25% of fatal crashes on remote roads.
Of serious concern is the rate of drug involvement in road deaths – we have seen an increase of 60% over the last five years.
So, remember the basics.
On a long trip take breaks – at least every two hours and if you are really tired take a 20 minute power nap.
Limit your alcohol intake – remember after a big night out you may still be over the legal limit the next morning.
And you may not be a drug taker but think about the other drivers around you who may be – and stay alert.
So whether you are driving in the city or remote areas this Christmas …think smarter, stay out of trouble and get home safely.