Drivers will have to face unsafe road situations at one point or another. You may experience heavy rains or poor weather, encounter drunk drivers, or deal with little human error from others on the road. These factors all contribute to a stressful driving experience. Sometimes, though, what complicates road situations is neither the people on the road nor the unpredictable climate. Any guess what is worse than drunk drivers and weather?
The answer is the road itself.
Australia’s Dangerous Road
In 2014, Queensland’s Bruce Highway made it to the headlines because it was named as one of the world’s most dangerous highways. The 1700 km road is just a small portion of the country’s national highways, but it is notorious for having many accident records.
The state government recognises the urgent need to improve the road. Authorities say that $11 billion is needed to re-construct the road in such a way that it will comply with standards. The Coalition pledged to the public that they would spend $6.7 billion in rehabilitating the highway.
The danger in Bruce Highway does not mean, though, that it is only the government that has the responsibility to promote road safety. All the same, drivers must observe safety while travelling. It is important to observe safety and strive to prevent accidents.
• Know emergency assistance services. Save emergency contact numbers in your phone. Basically, you should have numbers of hospital or emergency medical services. Experts from 131 TOW also encourage knowing the contact details of local towing companies.
• Do not drink and drive. Driving under the influence of substances or alcohol is extremely dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. Other than the risk for accidents, you could be penalized and pay fees if you are caught.
• Use proper safety equipment. You should always wear seatbelts when driving. If you are travelling with children, it is important that their child restraint is suitable for their size and weight.
• Observe road markings and road signs. Be reminded of the centre line marking and signs on the road. You should be familiar with road signs and make sure that you comply with them.
As a driver, you have the responsibility to observe safety. Remember to be extra cautious when you pass Queensland’s Bruce Highway.