Road trip tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s nothing better than getting away for a break with friends and family. But if you’re planning on taking a road trip, it’s important to take steps to stay safe on the road.

Our team, who monitor Linkt roads and tunnels 24x7, and our expert partners have come up with some tips to help get you to and from your destination safely.

Preparing your vehicle and planning your journey is the first step to a safe road trip.

Check your fuel, oil and tyres before you head off on your trip, plan your route and ensure you recognise toll road signage. Also secure any load you're carrying to avoid items flying off the back of your car or items becoming projectiles in the back seat – this will help you to avoid sudden lane changes.

Save the Linkt number in your phone today – 13 33 31

In case it’s wet, roads can be slippery and visibility reduced. So make sure you’re ready and set.

✔️ Check your tyres, windscreen wipers and head and brake lights

✔️ Check the weather forecast

✔️ Increase the gap between you and other motorists

✔️ Slow down and be aware of vulnerable road users, including motorcyclists

❌ Never stop on a motorway or in an emergency stopping bay unless it is an emergency and never drive through flooding roads.

It’s so important to make sure your car seat is fitted properly, every time you travel with your kids.

Research shows 50% of car seats are not installed correctly, yet a correctly fitted car seat can significantly reduce the risk of injury in an incident. So before you buckle up and head on your trip, here are some tips.
 

Keep them in the seat

Check the seat every trip

Four is not the magic age

If you live in Queensland professional fittings are available for those who need a helping hand – offered for free by Kidsafe

When you’re on a high-speed motorway there are a few things that will help keep you safe.

  • Always check and obey electronic message signs and variable speed limits.
  • Do not stop, or pullover on the side of the motorway, except in an emergency.
  • Keep in the left lane unless overtaking or if the lane requires you to exit.
  • When exiting plan ahead, reduce speed and ensure you indicate for at least five seconds.
  • Do not reverse or perform a U-Turn at any time.
     

Lane changes and merging

Emergency Stopping Bays are only for emergencies

Plan ahead to stay safe

Regardless of whether you're following the road rules, when it comes to trucks the fact is if you're in a blind spot they simply cannot see you. Make sure you are familiar with truck blind spots.

For motorists

  • Be seen - know truck blind spots.
  • Don't sit in the blind spots or in the space between a trucks front and rear tyres.
  • Keep left unless overtaking.
  • Give trucks some extra space: leave a safe gap, trucks need more room to stop.
  • Regularly check your mirrors.

For truck drivers

  • Regularly check your mirrors.
  • Leave space, in case you need to break suddenly.
  • Don't over occupy the right lane, allow motorists to overtake safely.
  • Indicate well in advance to give motorists notice of your movements and time to move out of the way.
  • Consider installation of blind spot sensors.

Stay safe in our tunnels – Lane, lights, listen!

  • Avoid lane changes.
  • Always turn your headlights on.
  • Turn your radio on. In an emergency our team can share important messages via your car radio.
  • Follow speed and directional signage.

If you break down or are involved in an incident, stay in your vehicle with your seatbelt and hazard lights on. Turn on your radio and listen for instructions from our team. We’ll be with you in minutes. 

If you’re on a Linkt toll road, our team are watching 24x7 365 days a year and chances are they will be with you very shortly. Stay in your vehicle if it is safe to do so and wait for help to arrive.

Call 13 33 31 for help on our roads or tunnels.

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