Don’t be a grinch on the road this Christmas

20 December, 2022

RAA is urging all road users to show care and look out for another this week, as South Australians swarm the roads for last minute Christmas preparations.

The week leading up to Christmas is one of the busiest across major shopping centres and carparks, prompting RAA to encourage motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to plan ahead and be patient.

Crash data for the past decade also shows 179 people have lost their lives and 1,215 have been seriously injured on SA roads during the months of December and January.

RAA Senior Manager of Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said South Aussies should prepare for heavier than usual traffic volumes.

“This week before the festive period is exciting, but can become stressful with events and last minute shopping trips,” Mr Mountain said.

“It’s easy to get caught up in this and become frustrated and impatient, which can have disastrous consequences when we’re behind the wheel, riding or walking.”

“So far 67 people have lost their lives in 2023 – that’s 67 people who won’t be sharing Christmas with their family and friends.

“It’s vital that we stay calm when we’re sharing the roads with other drivers and pedestrians.”

RAA Insurance data shows December is usually the worst month of the year for car park crash claims.  Mr Mountain said keeping simple road safety principles in mind would make travelling safer and easier for everyone.

“In short it’s about being considerate of others and making sure you’re paying close attention to the task at hand when you’re on the road.

“Car parks can be particularly challenging so keep your speed low, watch out for pedestrians and other vehicles reversing or manoeuvring into parking bays.

“On the road, keep calm and keep your distance from other vehicles and remember to give way to pedestrians crossing driveways and when turning.

“As a pedestrian, use a designated pedestrian crossings wherever possible.”