THE KEY to safe driving is being prepared, and never expecting that everyone else will follow the road rules.
That's the message Dalby driving instructor Grant Arnold wants people to keep in mind this Fatality Free Friday on May 26.
It's Australia's largest community road safety initiative, and after 252 Queensland lives were claimed on the roads last year, reducing road deaths has never been more important.
Owner of GC Driving School in Dalby Grant Arnold said drivers should always remain aware of their own actions, but also the actions of others on the road.
"When I'm teaching people to drive, the most important thing isn't so much about being able to drive in a straight line - it's about looking for something to go wrong and being prepared for that," Mr Arnold said.
"People just take too much for granted that the other drivers on the road will stop at red lights or give way signs, and they don't always do that.
"It's especially important in Dalby at the moment because of all the different roadworks and all the changes they will bring about on the roads - it's an added risk because people aren't going to be used to it."
The Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) advocates that local road users have a vital role in stemming the road toll by driving defensively, abiding to speed limits and alcohol limits, asking friends or family to slow down, and not driving while tired.
According to ARSF findings:
- 18% of Queenslanders narrowly avoid a car crash at least once a month, and almost 1 in 10 experience a close call on a weekly basis
- 55% of Queenslanders do not ask speeding friends or family members to slow down
- Almost a quarter of Queenslanders have let a loved one drive, even though they suspected them to be over the BAC limit
Fatality Free Friday is on Friday, May 26 .
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