Think ahead for school holiday traffic

The State’s peak motoring body has reminded motorists who planned to head off for the school holidays to pack their patience and allow extra time on the roads.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said traffic on major motorways across the State could be heavy from Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning, as many Queenslanders hit the road for the break.

“We’re urging drivers to plan their journey carefully and put some thought into working their departure around the peak times. If you’re unable to avoid congestion, allow extra time to get to your destination,” Ms Hunter said.

“Before you head off, check RACQ’s Road Conditions website for the most up-to-date traffic information.”

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Ms Hunter urged drivers to avoid the Fatal Five behaviours every time they got behind the wheel.

“With so many families on the roads, it’s a high-risk time for crashes and that’s why it’s so important drivers remember the Fatal Five and pledge to drive safely on our roads,” she said.

“Tragically, the vast majority of fatalities in Queensland are caused by human error and are avoidable – people who’re speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, are distracted, too tired or drink or drug driving.

“Also, drivers need to remember the fundamentals like maintaining a safe following distance and keeping left unless overtaking, because these are simple things that’re critical to keeping traffic flowing and people safe.”