Safe
driving
tips

  • Heads up

    In a 110km/h speed zone it will take approximately 1km to safely overtake a B-double truck that is travelling at 100km/h.

  • Heads up

    Around 30% of all crashes are rear-end crashes - watch your distance.

safe driving tips

Driving involves risk and safe drivers aim to reduce and manage their risk by making good decisions and taking responsibility for their behaviour when driving.

Safer speeds

Speed is a key factor in crashes and road trauma. Exceeding the speed limit increases the likelihood of a crash.

Seatbelts and child restraints

Wearing a seatbelt doubles your chances of surviving a serious crash. Take the time to "buckle up".  

Alcohol and drugs

Don't mix driving with alcohol or drugs (including medicine). To avoid the risks plan ahead.

Fatigue

Fatigue is often ranked as a major factor in causing road crashes. Driver fatigue is particularly dangerous because one of the symptoms is decreased ability to judge your own level of tiredness.

Mobile phones

Using a mobile phone while driving impairs your driving performance through distraction and increases the risk of crashing by at least four times.

Dangerous behaviours

Inattention and driving with attitude are just two dangerous driving behaviours that place the safety of you and other road users at risk.

Safer vehicles

Buying a car, whether it's for you or your child, is a big responsibility. Driving a car that has recognised safety features and a high safety rating is an essential aspect in ensuring safer travel on our roads.

Country driving

Before you drive in the country make sure you and your car are prepared. Be aware of fatigue and revise the road rules.

Sharing the road

All road users should know their responsibilities and respect the rights to safety of all who share our roads. This includes pedestrians, scooters and skaters, cyclists, horses and heavy vehicles.

Driveway safety

Tragically one child, often a toddler, is run over in their driveway every week in Australia. These safety tips will help keep your family safe.

Breakdown safety

Remember to slow down and be cautious if you see flashing amber hazard lights on the side of the road.

Know when to cross the line

Stay safe around trains and trams.

Medical fitness to drive

Learn about the fitness to drive requirements in South Australia.

Older drivers

Older drivers are generally safe, experienced and careful however they are much more likely to be severely injured or killed in a crash, due to their age.
Safe driving tips for young drivers

Passenger distractions

A simple distraction, like looking at a text message or talking to passengers, can increase your risk of a crash by up to four times.

Driving at night

Driving at night is dangerous and requires more skills and concentration. 

High powered vehicles

Drivers who gained a provisional licence on or after 4 September 2010 must not drive a high-powered vehicle if you are under the age of 25 until you gain a full driver’s licence.

Driving age

Getting a driver’s licence isn’t a race. If you don’t need a licence yet, just wait.

Practice

Leaner drivers who have around 120 hours of supervised practice have shown to have substantial crash reductions – up to 35%.
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