Road Safety - a Christmas Miracle?

December 18, 2014


Road Safety


Danielle Veivers

Three simple tips for road safety this Christmas

With less than a week to Christmas, the holiday countdown has begun, and the rush of the season is evident on our Queensland roads. With so much to do and so little time it is easy to let the stress take over while road safety basics are forgotten. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe on the road this Christmas.

1: Go easy on the Christmas cheer

If your Christmas calendar is anything like mine weekends are full of parties and celebrations. With the throng of music, laughter, and good friends it is easy to lose count of how many beverages you have enjoyed. This is why it is best to work out how you are getting home before 2am rolls around. Fortunately, Brisbane is packed with options to make sure you return home safely. 

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  • Have a designated driver – pre-arrange with your friend or partner which of you will be sticking to Lemonade (minus the Vodka) at the party. With plenty of events on the festive calendar, you can each take turns to make sure no one misses out on the fun.
  • Catch a cabBlack and White and Yellow Cabs are in abundance in Brisbane. With drinking-friendly apps and ranks on every corner, there is no excuse to get behind the wheel.
  • Uber – my personal favourite is Uber. If your feet are killing you and waiting for a cab isn’t your thing, call an Uber. If you are on a budget and want a cheaper ride, then Uber is definitely for you. Despite the firm causing a stir within the taxi industry it seems Brisbanites are flocking to the service in ever growing numbers.

If you do choose to drive to your Christmas function just remember that for drivers on an open license, the alcohol limit is 0.05. However, if like me you are on your P-plates then your alcohol limit is zero! Be aware that lots of Christmas goodies, such as rum balls, trifle, and tiramisu, contain alcohol and can put you over your P-plate limit.

2: Revive and stay alive

In just a few days, I will be making the 11-hour car journey to Mackay to see my parents. Like me, many people are travelling to see loved ones and the rush and stress of Christmas can really take it out of us. We must remember not to bring that sense of urgency to our travels. As my mother always said, “it’s better to take your time and get there alive” and she (like always) is right.

Unfortunately, the holiday season is known for road accidents and fatalities, and that is why practicing road safety is paramount.

  • Allow extra time – Always allow an extra few hours to make it to your holiday destination, as you never know what you will encounter on the road, such as road works or an accident. Use the RACQ Trip Planner to plan your journey and to make sure you allow ample time.
  • Driver reviver – As a child this was my favourite part of a family holiday. Driver revivers have toilets, free drinks and snacks, and provide a great place to take a break.
  • Share the drive – If there is more than one licensed person make sure you share the driving and help each other to stay alert.

  • Light Your Drive – The Queensland Police Service are encouraging road users in Queensland to turn on their headlights on highways during the day and night over the Christmas period. This is designed to increase visibility and to be a visual reminder of road safety. Talking about the campaign, Commissioner Ian Stewart said "If you speed, drink drive, don’t pay attention, don’t wear a seatbelt or drive while tired; you will not only be caught by police, but you risk your life and the life of every other road user – and that is just not acceptable".

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Keep Calm!


We are all guilty of getting a little worked up behind the wheel and holiday stress just makes it so much easier to lose our tempers. Road rage and frustration can cloud our judgment and cause us to make silly, potentially life threatening, choices on the roads. Be sure to keep calm on the road and free of all unnecessary distractions. Remember that road rage and distracted driving can both constitute an offence in Queensland.

Police are out in force this Christmas and speeding is one of their major focuses. Be sure to stick to the speed limits, especially in built up areas, and practice patience on the roads. Extend the Christmas values of generosity and community spirit to your fellow road users this Christmas and be patient and understanding. Christmas is a busy time and patience and caution will ensure everyone gets to their holiday destination safely.

Have you got any tips on how to stay safe this Christmas? 

Please share and help keep Queensland roads happy and safe this festive season.



Danielle Veivers

Financial and corporate PR professional. dancer. socialite. lover of good times and crazy adventures.


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