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Stay Safe on the Roads this Easter Break

18/04/2019BY: Tracey Mesken

​Easter is one of the most high risk times for fatigue accidents and for a high number of people driving under the influence.

Do you plan on a taking a road trip this Easter Long Weekend? Maybe a break up the coast for some waves or a fish, heading bush to camp out, or a pilgrimage to see friends or family. We have identified your biggest hazards and offer some WorkPac tips to stay safe over on the roads this long weekend.

The biggest hazards of driving on rural roads are generally higher travel speeds, longer travelling distances, higher single vehicles crashes (such as run offs) so:

  1. Be aware of fatigue. If you choose to drive in the early hours of the morning when your body is programmed to sleep, you should be aware of the signs of fatigue: bloodshot eyes, frequent blinking, and yawning. Once fatigue has set in the only cure is sleep;

  2. Plan ahead with a route you are going to take and the locations you will stop for a rest;

  3. Lower quality road conditions such as unsealed roads, and less forgiving environments of trees, embankments and drop offs can be a real hazard. Stay within speed limits;

  4. Travelling and expect to be only car on the road for some time, ensure you stay alert for cattle and other wildlife. Delays in retrieval and accessing medical treatment increase the severity of rural crash outcomes. Always carry water;

  5. If towing check your boat trailers and caravans. Ensure all the plugs and attachments including chains are secure. Don’t overload your vehicle;

  6. REMEMBER

DRIVE DEFENSIVELY WITH A FOCUS ON SAFETY AND RESPECT FOR ALL ROAD USERS.

Let’s all Target ZERO on the roads this Easter and not be touched by road trauma.

Share these suggestions with your family, and from WorkPac we wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Easter!

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