Storm Season Safety Tips
In Australia, storms are more common during the months of September to March. Taking precautions and being vigilant whilst driving will help to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers. It can also assist you to avoid unnecessary damage to your car hire vehicle which can be both costly and a major inconvenience to your travel plans.
We hope the following tips will help you with staying safe during storm season.
- Seek shelter and find appropriate undercover parking. A great location is a local shopping centre that offers undercover parking, or find a bridge to park under that provides ample protection.
- If you are driving and unable to seek appropriate shelter, park in a safe location that is clear of trees, power lines, and waterways (streams, rivers, etc).
- Adhere to road closure signs and do not risk driving through flood waters. While it may seem safe, the depth and rate of water flow can be dangerous and cannot be visible on approach. Furthermore, flood water can damage roads or can be holding dangerous debris that will be hazardous if you attempt to cross.
- Keep clear of fallen powerlines. They pose a serious risk to your safety.
- Be extra careful driving at night during storms and directly after the storm has passed. Be aware of debris or fallen trees on the road. Your headlights may not highlight any dangers that may be further ahead. This is especially so if you are unable to use your highbeam headlights due to oncoming traffic.
Helpful Phone Numbers
Know the road conditions of your travel destination before you embark on your journey. Here are a few helpful phone numbers you may wish to store in your phone or keep in a safe place within your car that you can contact to receive up-to-date road condition reports.
Queensland: 13 19 40
New South Wales: 13 11 22
Victoria: 03 9882 8111
South Australia: 1300 36 10 33
Northern Territory: 1800 24 61 99
Western Australia: 1800 01 33 14
Australian Capital Territory: 02 6207 2500
Top Tip: Avoid driving during storms and be cautious about road conditions. Driving through flood waters not only endangers your life and the life of your passengers, but also risks the lives of rescue workers coming to your aid.
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