More than 300,000 trips are made on the go via network every day. Knowing that driver behaviour contributes to more than 50 per cent of road accidents, ensuring road safety is top of mind for motorists is vital to enhancing safety on our roads.
As part of our road safety commitment, in 2013 we launched a road safety awareness campaign called Drive Safe.
The campaign shares critical road safety knowledge and promotes safe road practices among motorists and staff through a range of initiatives, including:
- Support existing road safety initiatives such as the Australian Road Safety Foundation Fatality Free Friday, Safer Australian Roads and Highways Yellow Ribbon Campaign and the PCYC Braking the Cycle Program.
- Customer campaigns featuring safety information specific to the go via network, delivered through customer communications and on electronic message boards on our motorways.
- Internal staff road safety education and events lead by our Road Safety Ambassador.
Road Safety tips
- Driving for all conditions
- How to prep for a safe road trip
- Surviving motorway breakdowns
- What should I do if I break down in a tunnel?
- Tips for safe tunnel driving
Driving for all conditions
Plan your trip
Check the road conditions and closure information before you leave. 13 19 40 Traffic and Travel Information provides real-time details of road closures and road conditions across Queensland.
Slow down and focus on the road in wet conditions
When driving in wet conditions:
- drive slowly—to avoid aquaplaning and skidding
- drive with your lights on low beam
- use your air conditioner or demister to keep your windscreen clear of condensation
- double the distance between you and the car in front
- avoid breaking suddenly or accelerating or turning quickly
- use road line markings to stay in the middle of your lane—in wet weather it is more important than ever to stay in the correct position on the road.
Driving at night
When driving at night or in poor visibility (such as a dusk or dawn):
- adjust your driving speed to the range of your headlights
- leave a safe distance between you and the car in front so that you can stop well within the distance you can see to be clear ahead
- keep an eye out for hazards such as pedestrians, animals and bicycles – they can be hard to see at night
- don’t drive tired. Share the driving and take regular breaks – you should stop for at least 15 minutes every two hours. Driver reviver sites are in operation over the Easter Weekend and in school holiday periods. Visit the national Driver Reviver site for national locations and more information.
How to prep for a safe road trip
A holiday can quickly become a headache if you run into car troubles – especially when you’re on a busy motorway or in a tunnel.
If you’re heading off on a trip , give your car a safety once-over before you hit the road.
- Make sure your tyes are in good condition and at the right pressure – including the spare
- Secure objects to roof racks or trailers
- Check all of your lights are working
- Ensure you have enough petrol for your journey
- Help keep the go via network safe for you and your loved ones.
Surviving motorway breakdowns
Breaking down on the side of a motorway can be very dangerous. All that protects you from high speed traffic is a strip of white paint. Here is some advice to help you stay safe:
- be aware of your surroundings at all times
- pull over in a safe spot and park as far left as possible
- turn your hazard lights on
- if it is safe, leave the vehicle and stand clear of the road. If not, keep your seatbelt on
- call RACQ on 13 19 05 and wait from help to come.
The go via network is monitored 24/7 by CCTV. In the event of a breakdown on our network a roadside response vehicle will be dispatched to help you get back on the road.
What should I do if I break down in a tunnel?
- switch on your hazard lights and ensure your radio is on
- remain in your vehicle unless you are otherwise instructed
- stay calm – an incident response vehicle will be dispatched to assist you as quickly as possible
- if you are advised to leave your vehicle, watch carefully for other traffic and move to either the walkway or in front of your vehicle. Never stand behind your vehicle.
Tips for safe tunnel driving
- switch on your lights – to improve your vehicle’s visibility
- avoid unnecessary lane changes – to reduce the risk of collision
- listen to your radio – a radio re-broadcast system is in place to enable tunnel operators to broadcast important/safety messages over a vehicle’s radio.