We all like to think we’re safe and knowledgeable drivers – but our own research consistently shows, most of us overestimate our road safety expertise. Take a few minutes to refresh your knowledge here – and drive safer.

Congestion management: why am I driving so slow?

You’re driving along a motorway, and everything looks normal, but the speed limit’s lower than usual. 

While this may appear a deliberate ploy to annoy you, we promise it’s not. There is always a good reason – and that reason is always safety. Often the reason is something well ahead of you on the road: necessary roadworks; a crash; fallen debris; peak-hour traffic. All of these incidents can lead to traffic congestion. We reduce speeds for approaching traffic so less vehicles enter the congested zone, enabling us to clear incidents faster, smooth traffic flow and keep our roads safer for everyone.

Often, when you arrive at the affected location, we’ve already sorted the issue – giving the impression the speed reduction was for no reason.

Sharing the road with trucks

Think you know where truck blind spots are? Only about 5% of Australian drivers correctly identified truck blind spots in our research.
Get to know truck blind spots

Using child car seats

We run regular car seat check events (with Kidsafe) and we regularly find more than 90% of seats checked are being used incorrectly. 
Get the facts

Heading off on a road trip

Getting your playlist sorted is essential for any road trip. We’ve got some other tips to help you get where you’re going safely and soundly.
Happy travels

Driver training programs

We support various programs to help people learn to drive.
Getting behind the wheel

Our roads are equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring technology so if anything happens, we’ll know about it and we’ll respond – fast. 

We monitor our roads 24/7, watching for breakdowns, loose and falling loads, accidents, and stray animals.

When there’s an issue, our incident response teams are on the scene within minutes.

Our speedy response times help keep motorists safe and also keep traffic moving around incidents to minimise delays.

Need help on the road?

If your vehicle breaks down, or you’re involved in an incident on our roads – even if you run out of petrol or get a flat – sit tight. We’ve seen you and help is on its way.

We adopted the safe system road safety approach in 2016. This approach, used by governments and peak road safety organisations internationally, considers all causes of crashes together and advocates for integrated solutions that help create safe roads, vehicles, drivers, speeds and crash responses. 

This diagram shows how our integrated road safety approach is guiding us in achieving our ultimate vision of zero fatalities and life-changing injuries on our roads.

Safety technology built into our roads

We’ve designed and built roads around Australia and in the US and Canada, putting world-class smart technology to work in ensuring our roads are as safe as we can possibly make them.

Some safety features on our roads include:

  • more than 5,000 CCTV cameras operating across our roads
  • automatic incident detection
  • electronic speed signage, adjustable to varied weather or road conditions
  • electronic lane-control signage
  • specialist tunnel safety systems including sprinklers, emergency signage and ventilation systems.
Making roads safer means working collaboratively and solving problems that impact people’s safety on the road. Our road safety partners range from a leading international safety research organisation to schools helping disadvantaged people access driving lessons.

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