Keeping safe on the road this bushfire season

October 10, 2012 at 8:30 am | Posted in GHS, GloriaSantillana | 2 Comments
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Summer is just around the corner which means getting more time in the sun with friends. However, the hot weather can also create road hazards such as a bushfire.

If your planning to take a road trip this summer or you just want to be prepared for any emergencies you may encounter whilst driving then you need to know what to do if your driving in a bushfire affected area.

First of all before you travel anywhere this summer make sure you listen to ABC Radio or your local radio station so that your aware of any fires that are burning near your destination. If you are driving in a high risk bushfire area and a Code Red is forecast then the best option is either to leave the night before or early the next day.

Having said that, don’t leave if there are already signs of a bushfire in the area your in. This is because the thick, dark smoke will make it hard for you to see while driving. There is also a danger of falling tress and power lines which could leave you trapped in the path of a fire.

Below are some tips that you need to follow if you see a bushfire in the distance while driving:

  • You need to pull over to the side of the road preferably behind a solid structure so that you block the radiant heat of the fire
  • Keep your car away from dense bush
  • Stay inside your car unless there’s a nearby building, this will keep you protected from the radiant heat
  • Make the car visible by turning on the hazard and headlights
  • Close windows and doors
  • Turn the air conditioning on to full and recirculate
  • Get down below the window level and shelter under a woolen blanket
  • Drink lots of water so that you don’t get dehydrated
  • Stay in the car until the fire front has passed and the temperature outside has dropped
  • Once outside the car, move into a safe area such as a strip of land that has already burnt
  • Stay covered in a woolen blanket, drink plenty of water and wait for assistance

(Tasmania Fire Service, 2012)

These tips will ensure that your protected from the radiant heat of the bushfire which is the biggest killer in a fire.

The best way to protect yourself from the radiant heat is by keeping your distance.

Have fun and keep safe this summer by being aware of the dangers that a bushfire can cause motorists on the road and the steps you need to take to avoid these dangers.

If you want more information about bushfire safety then check out this link from Tourism Victoria.

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The human cost of a car crash

September 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Posted in GloriaSantillana | 1 Comment
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This campaign is all about promoting road safety for all drivers irrespective of their age. I think in order to do this effectively we have to share stories of human loss that may shock and sadden us but will also make us think twice about the importance of road safety. This is why I want to share with you a few news stories that have been circulating in the media lately.

Tragedy in Morocco

This first news story is about Josh Stump, 21, Tara Darlington, 23 and her younger sister Pippa, 21. These three young people were enjoying a holiday in northern and western Africa when their car collided with two other vehicles in Morocco (Couzens, 2012).

Josh Stump, Tara and Pippa in Morocco the day before the crash

The exact details of the crash have not been disclosed, only the fact that the car belonged to the two girls and that 10 people were injured (Couzens, 2012). The three young people were all university students in Britain, they had worked hard to save up money for the trip which they saw as an adventure of a lifetime (Couzens, 2012).

The two sisters Tara and Pippa were killed in the accident, Josh is in a critical condition in the hospital. He has suffered a brain hemorrhage, a broken leg and arm, a broken jaw and nose, and a partial fracture to his lower back (Couzens, 2012). Josh has already gone through his first surgery and is likely to have more operations in the near future (Couzens, 2012).

The tragic accident took place in Rabat, Morocco

Josh’s mother Annie received a call from him three days before the crash. He told her that they were having a great time fishing, sleeping on the beach and generally enjoying the experience of traveling in new and exciting places (Couzens, 2012).

29-year-old drunk driver kills seven teenagers

Three teenage boys, three teenage girls and three others were injured after a driver who was traveling at 125 mph (200 km/h) crashed into a bus stop in Moscow, Russia (McDermott, 2012).

Crash scene in Moscow, Russia

The driver was believed to be drunk and also under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. The seven teenagers were enjoying a day off from school in Western Moscow.

Victims of the crash covered in blankets

Recent road accidents in Australia involving older drivers

Last Saturday in Cooma, New South Wales three people were killed in a fatal car crash (Kretowicz & Rudra, 2012). The accident was caused by a collision between between a Honda Sedan and a Subaru (Kretowicz & Rudra, 2012). The three people that died were from Canberra, the male driver who was 67 died in hospital and his female passenger who was the same age died on the way to hospital (Kretowicz & Rudra, 2012).

The driver of the other car who was a 62-year-old woman was killed instantly in the accident. She had a 15 month old toddler in the car who was the sole survivor of the head-on crash (Kretowicz & Rudra, 2012).

Cooma, New South Wales

Last Friday in Ipswich, Queensland a six-year-old girl died after a Sedan hit a tree (SMH, 2012). Two girls aged nine and four, a 26-year-old man and a two-year-old boy were injured in the crash (SMH, 2012). They sustained serious injuries and are now in hospital (SMH, 2012).

Ipswich, Queensland

These tragic incidents were caused by different reasons and have had a huge impact on all those affected. I think it is important to keep these stories in our minds so that we don’t forget the importance of road safety for drivers of all ages.

Sources:

1) Couzens, G. (2012) Days ago Josh was sleeping on beaches and catching fish for the girls. How do we tell him they’ve both died? Parents agony over breaking news of sisters’ death in Morocco car crash. Mail Online. 22nd of September.

2) Kretowicz, E. (2012) Toddler sole survivor of car crash. The Sydney Morning Herald. 20th of September.

3) McDermott, K. (2012) Seven teenagers killed after speeding drink-driver crashes into bus stop in Moscow. Mail Online. 22nd of September.

4) The Sydney Morning Herald. (2012) Ipswich car crash kills girl, injures four. 15th of August.

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