Contributing factors

The 5 main contributing factors towards death and serious injury on our roads are:

  • Alcohol and drugs.
  • Speeding.
  • Distraction.
  • Fatigue.
  • Non-use of seatbelts.

But how do we help reduce the number of people being killed and seriously injured on our roads, and what do we do if we find ourselves in, or witness to, a crash? 

To help avoid crashes:

  • Follow the road rules.
  • Be a safe driver.
  • Drive to the conditions.
  • Be a courteous driver.
  • Don’t drive outside your skill level.
  • Continue to learn, gain experience.
  • Drive a car that has a four or five-star ANCAP rating and keep your car well maintained.
  • Don’t be a distracted driver, remain alert.

If you’re in a crash or are a witness:

  • Stop as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Assess the situation for danger/hazards.
  • Help anyone who has been injured, making sure your actions don’t put yourself or others in danger.
  • Send someone for help if needed.
  • Give your name, address and number plate to the owner or driver of the other vehicle.
  • If someone has been injured, call an ambulance and report the crash at

Helping someone that is injured

If you have a crash and you’re friend is injured, do you know how to help them before the ambulance arrives? Knowing some quick first aid could save their life.

St John Ambulance created Click to Save to teach drivers basic first aid skills, so you can “do something” at a crash scene before the ambulance arrives.