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
  • monotony
  • 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.