Staying safe on the road is important for all drivers, however all drivers need to be particularly aware that there are a range of factors that can affect their driving and safety on the road.
Tips for staying safe on the road:
- Fatigue: Do not drive if you are tired, pull over and take a rest.
- Alcohol: Do not drive if you are going to drinking over the limit of alcohol.
- Medications: Alcohol can also cause adverse reactions with some medications. If you are unsure, do not drive and consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
- Distance behind the vehicle in front: Leave at least a two second gap between the car ahead and your own. In wet weather, when driving at night or in low visibility, allow a four second gap.
- Use daytime running lights: This makes it easier for your car to be seen by other drivers and will make it easier for you to see on a dull day.
- Head checks: It is important to turn your head to check for vehicles in your blind spot, especially when merging, changing lanes or before moving off at an intersection. Try turning from the waist to make this easier.
- Take your time: It is easy to feel pressured to increase speed if there is a line of traffic behind you, or a car tailgating. Pull off the road to let them pass if you need.
- Plan the trip ahead: Know how to get to the destination also where are you going to park
- Road rules: Keep up to date.
- Keep hydrated: Distorted vision and cogenetic reasoning is affected by dehydration.
Important information for Queensland drivers over the age of 75 years old
Everyone 75 and over who holds a Queensland driver licence must carry a current Medical certificate to drive a motor vehicle. The medical certificate needs be reviewed every 12 months.
The medical certificate must be with you at all times when you are driving and comply with any stated conditions—you can be fined if you don’t. For more information on this please visit Safe Driving.