Centre for Road Safety


After a crash, you should stop immediately in a safe position away from traffic. Dial Triple Zero (000) for police or emergency services if:

  • Anyone is injured or trapped
  • Police are needed to direct traffic or deal with hazards
  • Any drivers appear affected by alcohol or other drugs
  • A bus or truck needs to be towed away
  • Anyone involved in the crash fails to exchange details

Drivers and motorcyclists also need to watch out for emergency workers and volunteers, whose work often puts them in dangerous situations on the road. Drivers and riders should allow plenty of room, slow down and give them space.

Breakdown safety

Our Breakdown Safety glove box guide has information and tips on what you should do if you break down. The guide has advice on common  breakdown situations, including those on freeways, country roads and tunnels.


Knowing what to do if you are caught in your car in a bushfire can save your life. Bushfires can quickly spread across roads and highways, especially when fanned by high temperatures and strong winds. Smoke can reduce visibility and local authorities may close roads without warning.

The Rural Fire Service advises to use caution when travelling in remote areas on Total Fire Ban days. If you are travelling in the bushfire season, it's best to check for bushfire alerts and fire danger ratings before you drive.