Drivers urged to take care

BUNDABERG region residents who plan to head for Fraser Island this Australia Day are reminded to drive safely when travelling in the World Heritage area.

Climate Change and Sustainability Minster Kate Jones said recent accidents were reminders of how quickly a “happy adventure” could turn into a tragedy.

“People need to remember that driving on Fraser is not like driving on a highway,” she said.

“We should all heed the vehicle safety warnings and drive carefully to the beach conditions.

Ms Jones said drivers inexperienced in sand driving were often the ones to be involved in accidents due to the speed at which the conditions can change on the beaches.

“Driver inexperience and a feeling of freedom on the wide beaches together with excessive speed can have disastrous outcomes,” she said.

Ms Jones had some simple tips for drivers.

“Take your time to get the feel of the vehicle when driving on the beach, especially if you have limited experience in sand driving,” she said.

Ms Jones also urged drivers to reduce their speed to 80kmh on the beach and 30kmh on inland tracks.

“Avoid making the vehicle top heavy by stacking too much weight on roof racks,” she said.

For more information visit www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/indes.html.



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