Drive safe during Christmas holidays

Written by Ronak Shah

Christmas is the busiest time on road in NSW when people are driving across Sydney and suburbs to meet family and friends. It is time to show your experience as a driver by following speed limits and keep our road safe. Driving Schools and RTA keep educating and alerting people that 40 per cent of fatal accidents happens due to speeding and it is a major concern on Sydney and NSW Roads. Last year, there were 10 fatalities in NSW and nearly 533 people got injured during Christmas Holidays.

It is important to note that there are nearly 1400 rest areas across NSW. Drivers should take a break every 2 hours for periodic rests and this will ensure that your family is safe as you will be relaxed while you are on long drive. Make this a habit if you are on long drives. You will see plenty of signs and warnings about STOP, REVIVE & SURVIVE - so please obey it to keep the holiday season safe for you, your family and other commuters. There is a reason why government is putting all these alerts on the roadside. It is for your safety. Double demerits will be in force from Midnight, Thursday 23 December to Midnight Monday, 3 January. Please do not leave your Driving License home.

At Onroad Driving School while giving Driving Lessons to our students - we always focused on speeding controls, stressing every student to follow RTA rules & regulations and give special tips to new drivers on how to survive from other driver’s mistakes. Our Driving School gives driving lessons in a way that students learn to take their own judgement in critical situations; because when they get their P’s, they are by themselves. So we ensure that they are ready for decision making and can have success in RTA driving test and enjoy their future as a safe driver for themselves and others.

Being a Driving Instructor myself, I urge people to consider the following 5 points as they are major factors in serious accidents.

  • Don’t drink & Drive
  • No speeding
  • Stop, Revive & Survive – every 2 hours
  • Seatbelts ON – at All times
  • Watch out for aggressive drivers and take responsible steps

Christmas time is for family celebration and let us makes sure that we celebrate and return home safely. We don’t want to be in tears for our own or someone’s mistakes on road which could have easily been avoided if we follow driving basics. I come across many times where people just don’t care about other drivers and boast about their out of the way driving stunts and I tell them that they will be creating serious problems for them and lot many times for others too. So always watch out for those drivers and take responsive steps to avoid any dangerous situation.

Enjoy Safe Driving during Christmas Holidays.

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