By Lauren Ferrone
Last updated on: April 3, 2019 at 10:33 am
The idea that ‘good things come in threes’ couldn’t be truer – or so we hope when it comes to South Australia’s road toll this Easter.
For the past 2 years in a row, the Easter long weekend in SA has been road fatality free. Now RAA’s urging motorists to make it 3rd time lucky.
RAA road safety expert Charles Mountain says holiday periods are traditionally some of the most dangerous times to be on the road.
“The sheer volume of traffic and travelling on unfamiliar roads, combined with driver inattention and fatigue, can be a dangerous cocktail,” he says.
Tips to staying safe behind the wheel this Easter
- Check tyres (including your spare) and make sure the car has been serviced.
- If your towing, make sure you check over the caravan or trailer, particularly the lights, towing hitch and safety chains before heading off.
- Don’t attempt a long journey after a full day’s work.
- Take a 10-minute break whenever you feel tired, and at least every two hours.
- Avoid night driving.
- Share the driving with one of your passengers, if you can.
- Don’t allow yourself to become frustrated with other road users. Be patient.
Horror start to the year
As of 4 April, the South Australian road toll was sitting at 30, compared with 17 at the same time last year. The shocking figures make it even more important for motorists to stay vigilant behind the wheel.
Mr Mountain says while drivers and their passengers have a responsibility to remain alert, the state of SA’s major rural highways is also a contributing factor to road fatalities.
As of 4 April 2019, SA’s road toll is:
“These are popular tourist routes during holiday periods like Easter and Christmas,” he says.
“Increasing traffic along these roads is part of the reason we’re lobbying for major upgrades in the lead up to this year’s federal election.”
Roadways under the spotlight include SA’s busiest regional highway, Augusta Hwy, and Dukes and Riddoch highways.
“On Riddoch Hwy, there are no overtaking lanes on the 110km/h stretch between Keith and Naracoorte, so hidden crests and unexpected curves can make it hard for motorists to overtake,” Mr Mountain says.
“RAA is advocating for that to be rectified, but it’s just one example of the conditions motorists might face this Easter. Remember to drive to the road conditions at all times, and take regular breaks.
“Don’t become a statistic this Easter, or at any time.”