Lifestyle

Take driving responsibility during wet season

THE Queensland wet season starts about the same time every year and, inevitably, the same controversial issues crop up time and again. The latest to rear its ugly head is widespread criticism of the Bureau of Meteorology, after heavier than expected storms swept the state and left many unprepared.

But lost in the rush to find a scapegoat is the real concern that we're all too eager to play the blame game rather than take personal responsibility.

Watching news reports of recent storms, I couldn't help but notice that no one seemed to suggest looking up as a means to determine the weather.

The lightning and black sky is usually a dead giveaway.

Rain, and wet weather in general, seems to bring out the worst in people.

For example, the dangers of crossing a flooded road are well-known after several motorists lost their lives in the tragic summer of disaster two years ago.

And yet, despite this, hundreds of Queenslanders still throw caution to the wind and need to be rescued every wet season.

It's why RACQ has partnered with the State Government for the If It's Flooded, Forget It campaign.

Joe Fitzgerald.
Joe Fitzgerald.

Flowing water can sweep vehicles off the road at surprisingly shallow depths and there's no safe way to know how deep or strong the current is.

Most of us do the right thing, but unfortunately, too many don't.

As motorists, we need to take personal responsibility for our safety and not cross flooded roads.

We've even made it simple to remember - if it's flooded, forget it.

Topics:  cars, cars news, motoring




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

MATTER OF STATS: Third time’s the charm

RUGBY LEAGUE: Brothers’ Jake Carl with the ball against Hervey Bay. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

The weekly wrap of Bundaberg Rugby League stats.

WATCH: Divers discover Spirit of 1770 underwater wreck

Divers in the Spirit of 1770 wreck.

"All of a sudden this big thing appeared in front of them"

Flying-fox roost driving Gin Gin residents batty

SAFETY HAZARD: Bats roosting at Gaeta have destroyed trees and driven other native wildlife away, residents say.

“A a plague of wild animals takes precedence over human life”

Latest deals and offers

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked