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Don’t be fooled – Road safety is no joke!

April Fools Day is over and clearly the Zap App was a friendly joke, however, your safety while behind the wheel isn’t. 

It’s important to remember that touching a mobile phone whilst driving a vehicle is illegal* under the Australian Road Rules. 

Even if you are using an approved handsfree device, any lapse in concentration while driving increases the risk of being involved in an accident, and drivers who use their phones are 4 times more likely to get into a serious crash. 

The Risks of Texting and Driving 

Studies conducted in Australia have shown that as many as 1 in 6 drivers on our roads are regularly text messaging while driving.

Texting while driving not only decreases the amount of time spent looking at the road, it also significantly impairs driver’s reaction time, ability to judge safe gaps in traffic and assess potential road hazards. 

The most common crashes associated with using mobile devices are ‘run-off-the-road’ and ‘rear end’ crashes. The majority of crashes linked to mobile phone usage involve other vehicles.  Here's a few easy to follow tips for safe driving when it comes to your phone...

  1. Never read or send text messages while driving 
  2. Let all incoming calls go to voicemail while driving
  3. Pull over safely and park to make or receive text messages/phone calls
  4. Plan breaks in your trip for text messages/phone calls
  5. Don't every touch your phone while driving. If you can’t resist the temptation, put your phone in the boot or glove box before you set off

Please take care on the roads and leave your mobile phone alone

Safe driving is more than just paying attention behind the wheel

Regular car servicing can help catch problems with safety critical items like brakes, tyres and your steering and suspension systems, and can prevent dangerous situations from occurring.  In addition, it can also identify large, potentially expensive issues before they become a problem. This is why it's important to attend your regular service intervals, even when your car is running smoothly. This will ensure everything is working optimally helping save you time and money.

See our AutoFact video for more information about car servicing.

 

Is it time for a service?  Find your local Repco Authorised Service centre here and book online today.

 

*Laws vary from State to State and licence conditions.  Please check your State’s laws to make sure you are fully informed.