Bushfire warnings for summer holiday makers

Moving Well | Peter Nugent | Posted on 17 December 2019

Be prepared and aware of danger before setting off on summer road trips.

As Victorians brace for an extreme bushfire season, RACV is urging Victorians to be prepared and aware of fire danger before setting off on summer holidays or road trips. The call comes in the wake of devastating bushfires in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland

RACV spokesperson Brodie Bott says without preparation Victorian holidaymakers could be driving their families into danger.


“If your holiday destination is in a high-risk fire zone, go to the CFA website to find out what fire district you are travelling to then find out what the current fire rating is for this area,” Brodie says. “Conditions can change quickly, as we’ve seen in northern states, so make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecast. 

“Just as important, holiday makers should tune into local radio and TV stations and make sure the VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226) is saved in your phone, and download the VicEmergency app on your mobile or tablet and set up watch zones.”

Vehicle crashes are common in bushfire areas due to reduced visibility so the best thing drivers can do is park off the road with their hazard lights on.


“The best way to avoid a potentially deadly situation is to plan to leave early.” Brodie says. “But if you get caught out, there a few things you can do to protect yourself, including parking your vehicle away from dense bushland and near a brick wall.

“Vehicle crashes are common in bushfire areas due to reduced visibility so the best thing drivers can do is park off the road with their hazard lights on. 

“If you have to drive through a fire, make sure you and your family stay in the car, keep your windows up, shut off the vents, try to get down below the window level and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.”

Critical safety checks before hitting the road: 

  • Have a mechanic check your vehicle is in good working order and free from potential defects
  • Make sure the battery is in good condition as high temperatures can affect it
  • Check that all tyres (including the spare) have sufficient tread and are correctly inflated   
  • Fuel up the vehicle so you don’t get stranded, and
  • Stock your vehicle with emergency supplies including water and pure wool blankets.