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Safe driving tips

Country driving

Prepare for the trip, most of all, prepare yourself!

Plan the route

When planning the route, consider:

  • distance
  • type and condition of the roads
  • volume of traffic to expect
  • location of towns, rest areas and other services (eg service stations and motels)
  • weather and its effect on driving conditions
  • number of bridge and creek crossings
  • scenery and places of interest
  • speed limits (100km/h in SA unless signs indicate otherwise).

Rest areas are provided at regular intervals on major sealed rural arterial roads throughout the State.

Plan your travel time

Plan your travel to ensure you:

  • include a break or rest stop every 2 hours
  • avoid driving for more than 8-10 hours a day
  • have a good night's sleep before driving, so you can start fresh
  • start your trip early in the day, and avoid driving during the night, or straight after you finish work
  • avoid driving at times when you are usually asleep.

Prepare the car

Consider carrying the following items:

  • first aid kit (ask your local ambulance centre for advice)
  • torch and spare batteries
  • reflectorised triangles
  • small tool kit containing pliers, screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, fuses and bulbs, spare fan belt and top and bottom radiator hoses
  • fire extinguisher (if in doubt, check with your local fire service to ensure it meets Australian Standards)
  • jumper leads, tow rope and tyre pump
  • tyre pressure gauge.

Check fuel, oil, water and tyres beforehand to avoid having to stop soon after you depart. Make sure your tyres, including the spare, have the proper inflation pressure and that there is plenty of tread.

If you are towing a caravan or trailer, pay special attention to the condition of the tyres. Tyres which are only used once or twice a year can become brittle and prone to blowouts/punctures. Check the tread and the sidewalls to ensure they are in sound condition.

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