Road safety research indicates that there is a significantly higher risk of death or injury due to crashes on rural or remote roads.
Key risk factors involved in driving on rural or remote roads are:
- unfamiliar driving conditions
- driver inexperience
- excessive speed for the road conditions
- long travel distances
- driver fatigue
The risks associated with driving on rural and remote roads can be minimised with planning and preparation.
Consider the safety tips below.
- Plan the journey in detail.
- Allow adequate travel time to avoid the urge to exceed safe travel speeds.
- Obtain a map and place it in the vehicle.
- Learn about the road and traffic conditions via: – the Queensland Government’s traffic and travel information website 13 19 40 – RACQ’s road conditions website.