The Australia Day long weekend is approaching, and Sunshine Coast Police have compiled some helpful tips for those people who are planning to go beach driving:
- Travel at low tide, or within two hours either side of low tide;
- Stay on the harder sand between the waterline and the high tide mark;
- Avoid the salt water and take care in creek crossings – you may become stuck;
- Keep left – beach traffic is two-way;
- Be aware of animals that live in the area such as turtles that nest and hatch from November to March, and birds that use beaches and dunes for nesting and roosting;
- Don’t speed – speed limits apply on the beach and inland tracks;
- Ensure all occupants of the vehicle are secured, including passengers and pets;
- Don’t drink and drive;
- Don’t overload vehicles or trailers, especially on roof racks. Vehicles can easily overturn or become trapped in soft sand;
- All passengers must remain inside the vehicle. It is illegal for persons to travel outside the vehicle (example on bonnets or in trays). Penalties apply to both the driver and the passengers and;
- Watch out for people, particularly children walking or playing on the beach. It is important to remember that people may not hear your vehicle approaching due to the sound of the surf and wind.
Stay safe and abide by the road rules.
Remember, police patrol anywhere, anytime!