The Directors and staff of Stacks Goudkamp wish all of our clients and associates a safe and Happy Christmas and New Year Period.
Christmas is a wonderful and joyous occasion for spending time with loved ones and enjoying the break which many of us have over the New Year period. It is also a time where many of us like to take advantage of the warm Australian summer and venture in all directions for a holiday.
That often means that there are more vehicles on the road and, unfortunately, more accidents.
It’s important to be especially mindful of road safety at this time of year, as accidents and the associated injuries are often devastating both to you and your loved ones.
A few examples of things to remember include:
- If you are travelling in the car for 2 hours or more, remember to “Stop, Revive, Survive”. Get plenty of rest the day before you are travelling and especially make sure you’ve worn off the “food coma” from Christmas lunch or dinner!
- Make sure your vehicle is well maintained, checking engine and gearbox oil, fluids, and tyre pressure before setting out on your journey. Also make sure you have your spare tyre and the equipment you need to change a tyre if necessary.
- If you have roadside assistance, make sure your membership is up-to-date and you have the details and contact numbers with you, in case of an emergency.
- If you have to stop by the side of the road for any reason, take heed of other road users and quickly move yourself to a safe location well away from the road and other vehicles.
- Be mindful of pedestrians and cyclists, who also use our roads and may not see you as quickly as you see them.
- Never use a mobile telephone (or be distracted by the radio or something else in the car) when you are behind the wheel. If you need to use your telephone for any reason make sure it has been connected to an approved hands-free device.
- Stick to or below the relevant posted speed limits – which are selected with your safety (and the safety of others) in mind. Also take heed of suggested speed signs for bends in the road, roadworks and other hazards and always drive to the conditions.
- If you are operating a motorcycle or bicycle, remember to wear a safety helmet.
- If you are travelling in a car, always use a seatbelt and approved car seats for children and babies.
If everyone does their bit to be safe on the roads we can significantly reduce the number of accidents which may occur over this holiday period.
Safe and happy travels – see you in 2018!