Safe driving behavior

Written by Canrone Cochin

Every year around 350 people are killed on NSW roads.

Another 22,000 are injured.

The major behavioral factors that contribute to deaths onthe road are:

  • speeding
  • drink driving
  • drug driving
  • fatigue
  • not wearing seatbelts.

Speed limits

Speeding is the number one killer on NSW roads. On average, it’s a factor in around 40% of deaths and 20% of serious injurieseach year.

 

The rules

Speed limits

On roads where there’s a speed limit sign, you must not drivefaster than that speed limit.

On roads where there’s no speed limit sign, you must not drivefaster than the default speed limit:

  • 50km/h in ‘built-up areas’ – areas with street lights and

buildings next to the road less than 100m apart

  • 100 km/h for all other roads.

Alcohol limits

Alcohol affects your driving. It puts your safety and the safety ofyour passengers and other road users at risk.

Drink driving is one of the major causes of death on NSW roads.

Alcohol increases crash risk

The more alcohol you have in your blood, the higher the risk ofbeing in a crash.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights around 50% of fatalcrashes involve alcohol. Crashes involving drink driving aregenerally more serious.

Drugs and medicines

Any drugs including illegal drugs, prescription and over-thecountermedicines can affect your driving and put the safetyof passengers or other road users at risk. They can also changeyour behavior, causing you to take risks you usually wouldnot consider.

If you think you might have illegal drugs in your system or are beunder the influence of any other drug or medicine, do not drive.

 

Seatbelts

Each year, around 40 people are killed on NSW roads becausethey were not wearing a seatbelt, and around 350 people areinjured. These deaths andinjuries can be prevented by wearinga seatbelt properly.

 

The rules

wearing a seatbelt

Drivers must wear a seatbelt while driving. Drivers must not haveany part of their body outside the vehicle. Learn all driving lessons from a driving school Miranda, NSW.

Drivers are also responsible for making sure:

  • each passenger is sitting in their own seat that’s fitted witha seatbelt (they must not share the seat or seatbelt with another passenger)
  • each passenger is wearing a properly secured and adjustedseatbelt or is in an approved child car seat suitable for theirage and size
  • there are not more passengers in the vehicle than it’sdesigned to carry
  • no-one travels in an area of the vehicle not designed forpassengers, for example, the boot, the floor, the tray of a uteor in a trailer or caravan
  • passengers do not travel with any part of their body outsidethe vehicle.

 

It’s also the responsibility of passengers aged over 16 to:

  • sit in their own seat and wear a properly secured andadjusted seatbelt
  • not travel in an area of the vehicle, not designedfor passengers
  • not have any part of their body outside the vehicle.
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