RAA urges caution ahead of long weekend and school holidays

29 September, 2023

As tens of thousands of South Australians prepare to flock to our regions this long weekend and school holidays – RAA is urging all road users to take extra care following a disastrous October holiday period last year.  

Tragically 87 people have now lost their lives on South Australian roads, with 618 people incurring serious injuries – compared with 71 and 652 respectively for the whole of 2022 – including 2 lives lost and 24 serious injuries last October long weekend and school holiday period.  

Earlier this month the RAA revealed spring was the worst season for rear end crashes and side swipes – further reinforcing the need for motorists to take extra care on our roads.  

RAA Senior Manager of Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said the number of lives lost and serious injuries on our roads this year is spiralling. 

“Unfortunately, we’re on track to have one of the worst years on our roads in more than a decade,” Mr Mountain said.  

“Planning ahead is key to a safe drive these school holidays.  

“When motorists are limited for time, we start to see some rash decisions being made, posing a threat to themselves, their families and other road users.  

“Motorists can use online tools or apps like RAA Go to plan their journey, allowing additional time for increased traffic and major works currently in progress across the state. 

“When driving through roadworks, drivers are reminded to adhere to speed restrictions and to keep alert of any hazards including unlined roads. 

“Remember to take a rest stop every 2 hours, which is a great way to support local businesses along the drive with a quick coffee or bite to eat.  

“Parents should plan more regular stops to keep young children entertained to avoid distractions coming from the backseat.” 

As school students begin their two-week holidays, motorists should expect an increase in learner drivers on the road eager to complete their logbook hours.  

“Learner drivers may feel overwhelmed on the road – so it’s important to put yourself in their shoes,” Mr Mountain said.  

“We encourage other drivers to show empathy and patience by keeping a safe distance and only overtaking on regional roads if safe to do so.”  

Spring can also pose additional challenges including later sunsets in daylight savings time resulting in sun glare and reduced visibility. 

“Wildlife, such as kangaroos and foxes, start to become more active in the warmer weather, so be mindful of signage and drive to the conditions to avoid these hazards,” Mr Mountain said.  

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