10 things to do before you go on holiday
Holidaymakers and motorists are urged to keep safety at the forefront of their plans ahead of the festive season. Here are some useful tips to address potential risks at home and on the road.
Victorians are advised to remain vigilant about road safety and home security risks on the eve of the state’s summer holiday period.
Across Victoria, an expected uptick in travel to regional hot spots and holiday destinations is tipped to create busy conditions on the state’s freeways and arterials, while changed driving conditions brought on by extreme weather events such as floods could pose more difficult driving conditions than usual, particulary in regional Victoria.
RACV General Manager Automotive Services, Jackie Pedersen, says it’s important that everyone who takes to the road is aware of the effects of unseasonal rain and flooding in October and November.
“Heavy rain – brought on by the La Niña weather phase – has contributed to flooding that has deteriorated the quality of roads, causing potholes and other hazards for road-users,” Ms Pedersen says.
“Whether you’re using roads you’re familiar with, or driving to a new regional location, it’s very important that you plan ahead and be prepared for increased traffic and different driving conditions.
Motorists should check that their roadside assistance and car insurance policy is up to date before they leave, and be wary of encountering potholes on the road. Pederson also advises motorists to undertake some basic car maintenance safety checks before hitting the road.
“It’s very good practice to get in the habit of also checking the fluid levels under the bonnet, including oil, coolant and even the windscreen washer level. Checking tyre pressure is also a must,” Pedersen says.