Road Safety over Christmas

WA’s road toll invariably spikes during the Christmas and New Year holidays, when traffic volumes increase dramatically and people travel longer distances on unfamiliar roads, sometimes while fatigued and/or speeding. 

Here's some tips to remember over the break if you're "hitting the road":

  • Before going on long road trips, check your fluids, lights and tyres or even consider getting your car serviced; and check any trailer and caravan attachments are secure  
  • Ensure you’re well rested before going on a long road trip, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, and take frequent breaks during your journey (about 15 minutes every two hours). 
  • Avoid driving at odd hours of the morning or night, when you would normally be asleep – you may have less traffic to contend with, but you’re at higher risk of having dangerous micro-sleeps at the wheel. 
  • Stick to the speed limit. Double demerits apply from Friday 18 December 2020 - Sunday 3 January 2021. 
  • It goes without saying that you should not drink and drive. If you’re going to a party, catch a cab or carpool with friends and decide who’s going to be the designated driver.