Enjoy Tasmania this Easter – but do it safely: RACT

“Get out and enjoy Tasmania, but please drive in a way that does not put you, your family or other road users at risk.”

The RACT has one simple message for Tasmanians and visitors to the state this Easter:

And RACT CEO Harvey Lennon said before you leave on your journey, check your vehicle’s general mechanical health.

“Check your vehicle’s lights, trailer or caravan lights, wiper blades, hoses, belts, oil and water, and the battery,” he said.

“Flat batteries are the number one reason for RACT Roadside Assistance call outs.

“Undertaking these checks at this time of year is particularly important as the weather is getting colder and driving conditions can be more challenging.

“Also, well before your trip, check your tyres’ pressure and tread depth, and avoid driving at dusk or dawn because of animals on the road.”

Mr Lennon said while the majority of motorists obeyed the speed limit, a speed limit should be regarded as the upper limit not a speed that was safe to travel at.

“Always drive to the conditions, take your time and take regular breaks,” he said.

“If possible, share the driving with other passengers and avoid driver fatigue.

“And though we should have not to say it, do not drive after drinking or if you have taken drugs.”

Mr Lennon also encouraged motorists to download the GasBuddy app that provided real time fuel prices via a mobile device.

“Checking the app today revealed locations in Tasmania where petrol is available at a cheaper price,” he said.

According to the GasBuddy app, fuel prices in Hobart are between 136.9 cents per litre and 145.9 cents per litre while prices in Huonville are 137.9 cents per litre, in Burnie the price is 136.1 cents per litre and at Smithton the price is 135.9 cents per litre.”

Mr Lennon said roadworks across the state, but particularly on the Midland Highway, meant motorists should allow extra time for their journey this Easter break.

He said RACT would operate its Roadside Assistance service as normal over the Easter break for RACT members.

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