Queensland residents who plan to go on a long road trip for their Christmas vacation should take at least 15-minute breaks every two hours, according to the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ).
The RACQ advised drivers to be extra careful when travelling over the summer period. Since fatigue causes up to 20 per cent of car collisions on Queensland roads, it is important to remain sharp and focused while on the road.
In Brisbane, electronic rust proofing services or an engine check will also be necessary before your trip, advises 4×4 Rustproofing. Make sure that your car fluids such as oil and coolant are at an appropriate level. It will be easier to bring your car to a repair shop before businesses close for the Christmas break.
If you plan to travel with children, think of several ways to keep them entertained and well behaved. Restless kids pose a distraction for drivers, which puts everyone at risk. Your responsibilities to ensure the safety of your car, aside from your own, doubles when you intend to use a ride-sharing scheme.
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Car-sharing has begun to gain traction in Brisbane, as more people prefer to use cars whenever they want instead of buying their own vehicle, according to the RACQ.
Steve Spalding, RACQ head of technical and safety policy, said that this arrangement might lead to a reduction in car ownership. It may not be surprising since parking fees in the city are the most expensive in Australia. For this reason, many have chosen to use a “pay when you drive” option, Spalding said.
Being prepared for a long trip is important to make the most of your Christmas vacation. Avoid any problems by making sure you covered all the essentials whether or not you plan to use a car-sharing service for your trip.