Check to protect – simple safety tips that could save lives

Queenslanders are being urged to make simple car safety checks before driving during the holidays.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said safer cars could save lives.

“Motorists will see transport inspectors out on the roads as part our Check to Protect summer safety campaign,” Mr Bailey said.

“This will be a series of targeted operations across the state in the lead-up to Christmas.

“We’ve rolled out roadside checks for several years now to educate drivers about checking their vehicles for safety concerns before travelling.”

Mr Bailey said common defects the inspectors would be looking for included bald tyres, cracked windscreens, rust, worn seatbelts or windscreen wipers, blown lights, brake lights not working and steering issues.

“Drivers are generally good at looking at fuel, seatbelts and seat position and checking mirrors were aligned, but we’re encouraging motorists to add a few more simple checks to their routine,” he said.

“Make sure your tyres have no excessive wear, your brakes are working, the steering isn’t wobbling or pulling and there are no oil leaks.”

Motorists should also check their caravans, boats and trailers are roadworthy and the vehicle is suitable for towing.

Caravans and trailers should be loaded correctly, ensuring legal weight and dimension limits are not exceeded, and appropriate load restraints are being used to keep all road users safe.

Anyone travelling on a long trip should also schedule rest stops every two hours to avoid fatigue and use the driver reviver facilities throughout the state to help ensure they arrive safely.

Vehicle safety check tips:

  • Make sure your brakes are responding normally.
  • Check your tyres have no abnormal wear, this includes the inside edge which is often missed as it is more difficult to get to.
  • Check the steering wheel is not wobbling or pulling one way or the other.
  • Check your windscreen for any cracks or chips that might affect your view. If the sun or head lights from oncoming traffic hits a windscreen crack on the right angle it can really affect your vision.
  • Check the condition of your windscreen wipers and that they are working properly.
  • Ask someone to help you check all your lights are working including indicators, brakes, reversing lights and headlights.
  • If you tow a caravan, boat or trailer it’s also a good idea to check the safety and condition of these items regularly.
  • Make sure you service your vehicle regularly and speak to your mechanic about any safety concerns.

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