“A Guide to Overtaking on Country Roads” and “Hazards in the Country” are among the topics in a new set of online road safety resources launched by the Motor Accident Commission (MAC).
Last year, 68 per cent of road crash fatalities and 52 per cent of serious injuries occurred in regional South Australia. MAC General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish said regional driving usually meant longer distances and higher speed limits, bringing with them additional risks.
“If you make just a small mistake while driving on regional roads, it could have catastrophic consequences,” Mr Cornish said. “Country driving can mean increased opportunities to become fatigued or distracted. There are also the additional risks of overtaking other vehicles, varying road conditions, and animals on the road."
"Driving is a complex task in any environment, and it is imperative that motorists are aware of the different risks posed by country driving. These new MAC resources are helpful for motorists who rarely drive outside of the metropolitan area, as well as providing valuable reminders to regional motorists who may have grown complacent.”
Most road crash fatalities and serious injuries in country SA involve regional residents - the five-year average (2009-2013) shows 69% rural, 23% metropolitan and 8% interstate when it came to place of residence. “This is an important collection of road safety material which we are urging South Australian motorists to use,” Mr Cornish said. The resources were developed in consultation with SA Police’s Road Safety Education team.
Other MAC’s “Staying Safe When Country Driving” topics include: