Avoid seven fatal driving errors

THE school holidays are a notoriously hectic time on Coffs Coast roads.

Increased traffic volumes combined with roadworks between Sapphire and Woolgoolga can make it slow going for many motorists, and with that comes impatience and hasty decisions.

Police and paramedics are urging drivers to take extra care in the lead-up to the Easter long weekend to help reduce the road toll.

“Drive in a manner that won’t see you, a family member or friends become a statistic,” a NSW Ambulance spokesman said.

“Drivers are being advised to avoid making the common seven fatal mistakes that contribute to the likelihood of having a serious accident.”

Coffs Coast motorists are warned to steer clear of:

  • alcohol and drugs;
  • excessive speed;
  • fatigue;
  • poor vehicle maintenance;
  • inexperience;
  • in-car distractions, so stay off the phone; and
  • not driving to the conditions.

“You can take some very simple steps to avoid becoming a road statistic,” the spokesman said.

They are as follows:

  • plan your trip with rest stops and slow down on unfamiliar roads and when the weather conditions change;
  • allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front, especially when driving behind heavy goods vehicles;
  • watch out for other cars and drive with care and caution – expect the unexpected;
  • use headlights at all times and ensure your car is serviced and in good condition; and
  • watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

In the event of a medical emergency, dial 000, ask for ambulance and remain on the line while details of the emergency are obtained and an ambulance is dispatched.

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