1st May 2017: Australian National Road Safety Week is just around the corner (Monday 8th May – Sunday 14th May) and the focus of this year is Zero Youth Road Trauma. The theme is motivated by the encouraging revelation that there was a 46 percent decrease in deaths of drivers aged between 17-25 in 2016.
Innovative roadside assistance provider gotU, has come to the service of over five thousand Australians since launching last year and urges young drivers to take the time to ensure their vehicle is safe before and during a road trip.
Simon Wilson, gotU Head of Innovation, says, “There’s nothing worse than a breakdown to ruin a road trip – it’s inconvenient but can be dangerous too. Running out of fuel and flat tyres accounted for over 15 percent of all gotU call outs in 2016. They also happen to be two of the most preventable services our call out providers attend to.
“We encourage young drivers to check the health of their car before heading on a road trip. The simple act of checking your tyre pressure could end up saving you hours down the track and ensure you’re safer while on the road.”
Ahead of this year’s National Road Safety Week, gotU reveals its top safe driving tips for millennial drivers:
- Feel the pressure
In fear of the looming bill, young drivers often place a visit to the mechanic at the bottom of their priority list. Low tyre pressure is one of the most commonly ignored dangers and can lead to a blow-out which could result in an accident, especially when travelling at high speeds. Luckily it’s super easy to check and correct your tyre pressure at any service station. Rotating your tyres every now and again will help their tread to wear down evenly too.
- Cruise control
When you’re on the road, consider switching on cruise control. It will not only help you maintain a constant speed over long distances which helps save petrol but it can help prevent speeding too.
- Keep a ‘half full’ attitude
Due to huge hikes in petrol prices across Australia, millennials are guilty of stretching their petrol as far as possible. The problem is that many don’t actually know how far they can safely travel after the warning light comes on. It’s dangerous to run out of petrol while on the road – if it happens to you, be sure to conserve your phone battery for emergencies. As a rule, try not to let your tank get below half full. A useful tip to eliminate the risk of breaking down is by planning where to refuel before you start your journey.
- Stay healthy
Checking the oil, water and coolant in your car can be daunting if you’re not sure what you’re doing, but keeping your car healthy isn’t difficult. Regular checks can help avoid serious engine damage between services. Think of oil as the blood equivalent of your car – without which your car could not survive. Keep a bottle of water in your boot for easy top ups. Water and coolant prevent the engine from overheating, and are integral to avoid engine failure. The correct level of liquid will be marked on the coolant tank, but usually a 50/50 mix of water and coolant is advised.
If you do break down, gotU has you covered. Download the gotU app for free before your trip to access the first pay-as-you-go solution for roadside assistance with no joining fees and no annual fees. Should you break down, remember to be cautious around other cars and remain in your vehicle until help arrives – especially if you are on a freeway.
For more information on gotU, check out www.gotU.com.au.
 Source: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/news/national-road-safety-week