Make safety a priority this road trip

RACQ has urged drivers to take road safety seriously when heading off on a road trip these school holidays.

It came as the Department of Transport and Main Roads launched a new campaign on Friday reminding drivers of the dangers of the Fatal Five.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said the Club was calling on all Queenslanders to take charge of their own safety and ensure they were up to the task of driving.

“Sadly, this year we’ve already lost 108 lives on Queensland roads, that’s 14 more deaths than the same time last year,” Ms Smith said.

“Please slow down, buckle up, put away distractions like mobile phones and never drive if you’re affected by drugs or alcohol.

"Have a good night's sleep before you hit the road, and make sure you stop every two hours to take a break.” 

Ms Smith said now that restrictions had eased there would be more traffic on the roads and families should plan extra travel time into their trips.

“Remember to pack your patience, keep a safe distance between you and the car in front, and don’t take any unnecessary risks,” she said. 

“We want everyone to go out and enjoy the school holidays, but we also want everyone to get home safely.”