Tips to drive and arrive

SURVIVE: South Australian Police have encouraged drivers to abide by the road rules and drive smartly to avoid accidents this holiday season.

SURVIVE: South Australian Police have encouraged drivers to abide by the road rules and drive smartly to avoid accidents this holiday season.

In the second week of our Drive Arrive campaign, we look at what advice Police have for those travelling on our roads during the holiday season.

The South Australian Police provided these tips for drivers to follow to make sure they remain safe on the road during a busy period.

  • Plan your journey in advance; give yourself time to be patient on the road.
  • Take frequent rest breaks before you become drowsy.
  • Give driving and surrounding traffic conditions your full attention at all times, to anticipate and avoid hazards on the road – put away the mobile phone!.
  • Be aware of changed traffic conditions and increased number of road users this weekend.
  • Don’t speed and leave an adequate distance between you and the car in-front.
  • Stopping distances increase on wet, slippery roads: slow down and drive to the conditions to avoid skidding and slipping.
  • Use headlights on country roads during the day so your vehicle can be easily seen.
  • Don't overtake on a hill or bend.
  • Watch out for animals wandering onto the road, especially at dawn and dusk.

South Australian Police have implemented a number of road safety campaigns in recent times, with the most recent being Operation Safe Hills which was started in late October and will run until April 2017.

As part of the campaign, hidden cameras were installed in certain areas in order to snap photos of speeding motorcyclists.

Adelaide Hills area Superintendent Billy Thompson said that the warmer months of the year bring an increase in motorcycle fatalities and serious injury collisions.

“The lighter evenings and finer weather traditionally brings out more motorcycle enthusiasts on rides through the Adelaide Hills,” he said.

“After the long, wet, winter, motorcyclists will need to take longer to re-acquaint themselves with the skills required to safely ride a motorbike.

“While most riders do the right thing, there are some who treat public roads as a race track, endangering the safety of themselves and other road users.”

Operation Safe Hills was conducted through the Hills, Barossa, South Coast, Holden Hill and Sturt areas.

Also in October, Operation Safe Speed was launched by Police to target drivers who make ‘poor decisions’ when on the road, with 1052 drivers detected speeding over the three days.

Drivers were encouraged to take frequent rest breaks, and to put away their mobile phones when driving.

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