Centre for Road Safety

Slow Down and Give Space

From 26 September 2019, a new road rule will commence to improve the safety of emergency services personnel, tow truck operators and breakdown assistance providers working on the road, as well as the people they are helping.

The changes will also make it safer on higher speed roads where the time and distance required to reduce speed to 40km/h is the greatest.

All motorists must also give way to any person on foot in the vicinity of a stationary tow truck, breakdown assistance or emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights. Motorists must not increase their speed until they are a sufficient distance past all the vehicles and people involved.

Our Slow Down, Move Over and Give Space campaign provides detailed information on the changes to the road rules.

Crashes

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

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.

Bushfires

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.