Taking risks, making mistakes and momentary lapses in concentration can all lead to a crash. The following tips may seem like common sense, but they’re also potential lifesavers. These are some simple things that you should do to reduce your chances of a crash.
- Obey the law – road rules are there for a reason.
- Be alert and ready for anything.
- Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Travel at an appropriate speed.
- Plan the drive and rest when you’re tired.
- Put your mobile phone out of reach and don't try to use it while driving.
- Be vigilant in the driveway when reversing.
- Always use adult and child seatbelts, even if you’re only going around the corner.
- Drive a car with a 5-star ANCAP rating.
Resources for safe drivers
- Brush up on the road rules with a copy of Drive Safe: A handbook for Western Australian road users, written by the Department of Transport WA.
- Quiz Find out how well you know the road rules
- Driving and Ageing Survey
- Towards Zero: Road safety strategy
- Road Safety Commission
Last updated October 2017