It was great to see a reduction in the Australian road toll in 2018.
However, we mustn’t become complacent about road safety.
That’s the message from Federal Transport Minister, Michael McCormack.
There were 1,146 deaths on Australian roads last year, that’s 78 fewer fatalities than the previous year.
But, despite the reduction, road safety authority, ANCAP, says it should be remembered that it’s estimated that more than 6,000 people will die on the nation’s roads over the next five years.
The ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin, says he agrees with Mr McCormack that we mustn’t rest on our laurels.
He said the downward trend in the national road toll is encouraging, but more can be done.
The head of ANCAP calling for safer roads, safer drivers and increasing the accessibility and affordability of safer vehicles.
He says these are ways of creating significant change.
What can you do to help? Make sure you drive to the conditions, keep a good gap between you and the vehicle in front, don’t drive tired and keep your vehicle well maintained.