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Road safety

Road safety

Road safety continues to be one of Australia's most serious public health issues. It affects everyone, whether you drive, cycle or walk.

The following tips will help you stay safe on the roads.

Driving

Read more about safe driving.

Cycling

  • Be predictable and signal your intentions
  • Be assertive and aware
  • Wear an Australian-Standards-approved helmet, correctly fitted and fastened
  • Check your brakes regularly to make sure they work
  • Have a bell, horn or similar warning device
  • Have lights (front and back) that are visible for 200m when cycling at night.

Read more about safe cycling.

Walking

  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact if possible
  • Never cross a road without first scanning for oncoming traffic
  • Walk on the side of the road that faces oncoming traffic so you can see what is coming
  • Walk on footpaths when you can
  • Use designated crossings: pedestrian crossings, traffic signals or pedestrian refuges—don’t cross against the lights and don’t race the traffic.
  • Don’t be distracted by your phone—keep your attention on the road.
  • Wear reflective gear when walking at night
  • Be particularly careful walking if you have been drinking—even a few drinks have an effect on judgment and focus. Get where you are going safely with a sober walking mate, pre-organised lift, designated driver, or cab/ride share.
  • Wear reflective gear when walking at night.

Read more about road safety when walking.

Check road conditions

Before taking to the roads, check traffic cameras and road conditions:

Keep the roads safe

Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads to report a fault or suggest road safety improvements.