This time of year is one of the most high risk times on Australia Roads with many people hitting the road to attend Christmas parties, end of year celebrations, and heading towards the coast for a well-deserved break. Driver’s must remember that travelling during holiday periods can be more risky because of increased traffic volumes, congestion, tiredness, people driving in unfamiliar environments, and a higher number of people who are driving under the influence of alcohol.
Unfortunately, road accidents and fatalities over the Christmas period are often significantly worse than the rest of the year. Tragically, a percentage of these accidents and fatalities are often preventable. Before you, your family and friends get behind the wheel this festive season (or any time of the year) make sure you are ready, and able, to drive. As Christmas is often a time for travel, particularly long distances to reach family and friends, Australia Wide First Aid have highlighted a few tips for safe driving this festive season:
Don’t forget the Christmas Spirit. While you are sitting in congestion, or trying to find the way back to the highway after taking the wrong exit, try and remember that everyone else is trying to get to their holiday destination one time as well. Wear a Santa hat, listen to music, talk with your family, do whatever it takes to remember that Christmas is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, not survival of the fittest.
Please remember, each and every one of us are responsible for keeping our roads safe this Christmas.
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