Take Special Care on the Roads This Holiday Season


Mike Harris, Chief Executive of the Australian Automobile Association, Australia's peak motoring body, has called on drivers to take extra care on the road over the Christmas-New Year holiday period.

With the Australian road toll still unacceptably high, Mike Harris urged drivers and their families to focus on arriving at their destinations safely when on the road over the festive season.

Mr Harris had a simple message for all motorists.

"Don't ruin your holidays by being complacent while driving.  A split second of inattention can permanently shatter lives.  Drive with the greatest care to protect your life and those of your loved ones," said Mr Harris.

Mr Harris said that while your vehicle and the infrastructure will help determine the severity of an accident, the biggest cause of road accidents remains risky driver behaviour - speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving distracted and driving while tired.

"Acknowledging your limitations, driving responsibly and obeying the law are the surest ways of getting to your destination safely," he said.

"Taking a bit more time and focus may mean the difference between avoiding a crash or being part of one."


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