Survive silly season

TRAFFIC can be the bane of your Christmas holiday, but the NRMA warns that it can also be the death of you.

NRMA local director Wendy Machin offers some tips for staying safe while driving this season:

• Always wear a seat belt. The NRMA recommends child restraints be used up until a child can safely fit in an adult's seat belt.

• Concentrate. Driving is a complex task, so ensure you start your trip well rested.

• Driver fatigue. Every two hours you drive, stop and rest for at least 15 minutes, and share the driving if possible.

• Alcohol. There is no absolute safe level of alcohol consumption for competent driving.

• Safe following distance. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and allow for a greater stopping distance in wet weather.

• Mobile phones. It's illegal to drive using a hand-held mobile phone including while waiting at traffic lights.

• In a crash. Switch on your hazard lights and make sure you are safe. Don't panic, as you risk being injured if you get out of your car without taking the time to check for traffic. Call 000 and don't assume someone else has called.

• Country driving. When driving in rural areas, be extremely careful of potholes and rough surfaces, soft or broken road edges, single lane bridges or road surfaces, and livestock and wildlife crossing the roads.



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