Heading out on the road these school holidays? Whether you’re heading to Sydney for a city break or out of town for a country escape a holiday can quickly become a headache if you don’t make road safety a priority.

These are our top road trip tips to keep you safe on the road these school holidays.

Check your tyre pressure

If you’re heading off on a trip, give your car a safety once-over before you hit the road. Make sure your tyres are in good condition and at the right pressure – including the spare. 

Not only can under-inflated tyres result in a loss of vehicle control, it’s bad for fuel economy and the life of your tyres. To keep things running smoothly its best to check your tyre pressure every 3rd fill up.

Follow the 3-second rule

Rear end collisions are one of the most common types of road incidents. Here’s a simple way to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front, helping you avoid potential accidents.

As you’re driving, find an object at the side of the road. As the rear of the car in front of you passes it, start counting. You should always leave 3 seconds between you and the car in front.

Cars may overtake you, but it will make little difference to your travel time.

Don’t drive tired

Feeling sleepy? Don’t risk it. Pull over in a resting bay when it’s safe to do so and take a 15-minute power nap so you can recharge your batteries.

Also avoid driving when you’d normally be asleep and switch drivers regularly.

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Buy a pass before you travel

Visiting town? Not sure how to pay for tolls?

A Sydney Pass is the easiest way to ensure you’re covered for travel on all Sydney roads. Just choose your travel dates, add your licence plate number, then link a credit card. Tolls and fees will be deducted after every $10 of travel.

Find out more about opening a Sydney Pass