Port Adelaide Football Club player Hamish Hartlett has urged football fans driving to Melbourne for the AFL Preliminary Final this Saturday to take plenty of breaks during the drive.
Hamish Hartlett is a Motor Accident Commission Game Changer Ambassador and said motorists should rest for 15 minutes every two hours to avoid fatigue.
“We want everyone travelling to the Preliminary Final to stay alert and have a safe journey,” Hartlett said, “as footballers we take pride in our preparation, we go into each game well rested and mentally prepared – and if you’re long-distance driving, preparation is important too. Plan ahead and share the driving task if you can.”
MAC General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish appealed to motorists to avoid distractions and enjoy a safe footy finals experience.
“It can be tiring and tedious to drive long distances such as the Adelaide-Melbourne route,” Mr Cornish said, “we’re asking motorists to remain focused and avoid tempting distractions like mobile phones. Switch off the phone and concentrate on the road ahead. One moment’s distraction puts your safety and the safety of other road users at risk.”
The Power will play the Hawks at the MCG at 4:45pm on Saturday 20 September.