Road Safety

Overview

Education and promotion of road safety concepts and safe road use behaviours, is important in helping to reduce the road toll and associated road trauma. 

Wingecarribee Shire Council employs a Road Safety Officer who is responsible for the development and implementation of local road safety programs in the Southern Highlands. 

The Road Safety Officer assists in the localisation of state-wide road safety campaigns, works with the community and other key road safety stakeholders to develop road safety promotions and assists police in publicising traffic enforcement.

Success in modifying road user behaviour comes from a combination of educational programs, legislation, enforcement and appropriate engineering solutions, together with measures to make it easier for people to behave safely. The Road Safety Officer endeavours to implement these principles in all activities undertaken.

Learner Driver Programs

The Wingecarribee Shire Council Road Safety Officer coordinates a number of free activities designed to assist learner drivers to become safer drivers, including parent workshops and hands-on driving events.

GLS Parent Workshops for Supervisors and Learner Drivers

Council's Road Safety Officer, with support from the Roads and Maritime (RMS), offers GLS Parent Workshops for Supervisors and Learner Drivers four times a year to provide practical advice about the role of supervising a learner driver. 

This workshop reinforces the role of the supervising driver and the importance of the 'stepped approach' to allow learner drivers to get their initial driving experience under conditions involving lower risk, and then gradually present them with more complex situations. It also highlights the importance of teaching 'low risk driving' techniques to learner drivers and the important role of parents in establishing parameters and support for provisional licence holders. 

The two-hour workshop is for parents, other supervisors of learner drivers and the learner driver. The workshop seeks to provide practical advice on supervision, completing the Log Book and current licence conditions. 

Log Book Run for Learner Drivers & Their Supervisor

The Log Book Run is a great opportunity for you and your supervisor:

  • To put what you have learnt at the workshop into practice, and for 
  • Learner drivers to cover some of the many topics included in the Learner Driver Log Book while clocking up some driving experience hours.

The Log Book Run starts with a short workshop for learner drivers and their supervisors followed by a drive on a set route that includes a wide range of road conditions and tasks such as random breath tests, roundabouts, traffic lights, narrow bridges and windy roads.

Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS) L's, P1, P2

To find out more about the learner driver experience follow the below links:

Younger Drivers

Learner License 

The following resources will help you to progress  through the Graduated Licensing Scheme;

A guide to the Driving Test

Road Users Handbook

Children's Road Safety

School Zone Safety

Help ensure our children are safe in school zones. Parking rules exist to keep children, parents, carers and teachers safe, as well as minimising speed and traffic queues around schools.

You too, can help familiarise yourself with the parking restrictions around your school and teach your children to be safe around traffic.

WSC School Zone Safety Flyer(PDF, 742KB)

Council Supports Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation

Wingecarribee Shire Council is supporting the child road safety holiday campaign in conjunction with the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation (LBDF) to raise awareness of the importance of child road safety.

The foundation was set up by Michelle and David McLaughlin in 2014 after their young son was tragically killed in a pedestrian accident while on holidays.

As part of the campaign, ‘Holiday Time: Slow Down, Kids Around’ signage and banners will be erected at locations popular with children these summer school holidays.

Council’s Road Safety Officer is urging motorists to heed the campaign and slow down over summer.

Together with the Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation all road users are encouraged to work together to create a safer environment for all children living in or visiting the Highlands these summer holidays.

For more information about the foundation visit littlebluedinosaur.org.

Child Restraints 

In summary the current laws regarding the use of child restraints are:

  • Babies must remain in a rearward facing restraint until 6 months of age
  • Children between 6 months and 4 years must remain in a baby seat
  • 4 to 7 year olds must remain in a baby seat or booster

For further information about the relevant laws visit:

Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety

2 in 3 car seats are not being used properly. Don't take any chances with your child restraint. Choose the right restraint to suit your child's height, weight and age. It could save your child's life. They are counting on you to keep them safe.

  • Choose correctly
  • Fit correctly
  • Use correctly
  • Check correctly

That sounds simple but it isn't always. You might have a small car and need to fit three restraints in the back seat or a ute requiring a child to be placed in the front seat. 

For peace of mind ensure your child restraints are fitted correctly, get them professionally checked by an RMS authorised fitter.

Your child is worth the time it takes to get their restraint checked or fitted.

Local RMS Authorised Restraint Fitting Stations

Existing and new child restraints can be checked and or fitted for safety and correct installation by an RMS authorised restraint fitting station:

AJ Automotive Services

Location: 64A Bowral Street, Bowral

Telephone: 02 4861 4940

Website: https://www.ajauto.com.au/

 

Automotive Restraint Fitters Australia

Location: 2/3 Gantry Place, Braemar

Telephone: 02 4872 3903

Laurie Stewart Automotive

Location: 21 Lyell Street, Mittagong 2575

Telephone: 02 4872 4999

 Website: http://www.southernhighlandstaxis.com.au/workshop.php 

 

Southern Highlands Service Centre

Location: 3/227 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong 2575

Telephone: 02 4872 2822

Website: http://www.southernhighlands.repcoservice.net/ 

 

 

 

Further Information

Child Car Seats

Child Car Seat Testing Results

Kidsafe NSW

Telephone: 02 9845 0890

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)

Telephone: 132 213

Roads and Maritime Results

Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety

Child Car Seats

Buying a Safe Car

There are many factors to be considered when purchasing a vehicle including price, size and safety features. 

Buying a safe car is one of the most important purchases we make and choosing the right one can be difficult.

Whether you plan to buy a new or used car, make safety a high priority and do your homework. Compare the car's safety features and star rating to other cars in the same class.

A car can be stylish as well as safe, and it doesn't have to be a luxury model. A new car is not necessarily safer than older models - many used cars rate well in terms of safety and are affordable too.

Older cars, particularly those with the safety features listed below, can be just as safe as or even safer than some new cars.

What to Look For

According to the Transport Accident Commission, when buying your next car, you should aim for: 

  • A 4 star ANCAP or UCSR safety rating. The more stars the better!
  • Dual front airbags
  • A weight of around 1,300kg
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA)System
  • 3 point seat belts in all positions
  • Headrests (to at least four seats)
  • A cargo barrier, if you’re considering a station wagon
  • A white car. White has been found to be the safest colour 

 

It's Even Better If You Also Have:

  • Electronic stability control
  • Curtain Airbags
  • Side airbags
  • A seat belt warning device
  • An anti-whiplash system
  • Automated daytime running lights
  • Load limiters for seat belts
  • Seat belt pretensioners 

 

Further Information

For further information about buying a car, the safety features shown above or crash test results visit the following:

Ancap

Safer Vehicles

 

Driver Fatigue

If you’re planning to drive over long weekends or school holidays, keep in mind that lots of others are doing the same. But if you think first and plan ahead, it’s easy to steer clear of the worst traffic for a safe and comfortable journey.

Use the links below to plan your trip and avoid driver fatigue:

Test Your Tired Eyes

The key message for all drivers is that you don't have to be severely fatigued to impair your driving ability - you can simply just be tired. 

Planning ahead is the best way to deal with tiredness. Test your tired self to see how tired you may be and learn how to avoid driving tired.

Test your Tired Self

The Science of Sleep

The best way to avoid driver fatigue is to make sure you have enough sleep before driving, regardless of the length of your trip. 

There are 3 sleep factors to consider before deciding whether or not to start driving -circadian rhythms, sleep debt and sleep inertia. 

The Science of Sleep

Trip Planning & Directions

Google Maps provides estimated trip times between any two locations in Australia. Alternate routes are also available to avoid tolls and highways.

Google Maps

 

Traffic Updates & Information

Visit the RMS traffic website for live updates on hazards such as accidents, road work, major events, fire and flood or call the Traffic Information Line on 132 701.

Live Traffic Updates

 

Senior Driving

On the Road 65 Plus

For advice and safety tips for people aged 65 plus or over to help make safer choices when driving, walking, and using a mobility scooter or catching public transport please click on the below links;

On the road 65Plus

On the road 65Plus - Staying independent and safe

For information on your license options, please click on the below link;

A guide to older driver licensing

A Guide to Older Driver Licensing contains more detailed information on the licensing system, including what to expect when you’re tested. 

On the Road - Staying Safe in an Emergency

For more information about what to do in an emergency when driving on the road and staying safe, please visit;

Emergencies

On the Road - Safer Vehicles

For more information about vehicle safety please visit:

On the Road - Safer Vehicles

Motorcycles

Ride to Live

For more information on staying safe, managing risk and making good decisions to help motorcyclists ride to live, please click on the below link;

Motorcyclists

Rider Safety & Protective Clothing

Motorcyclists are exposed to risks every time they ride and no matter who is at fault, riders are more likely to come off second best in the event of a crash.

For information about ways to stay safe or protective clothing visit the following websites:

Spokes

Motorcycle Council of NSW

Australian Motorcycle Council Inc

Please download the Good Gear Guide below;

The Good Gear Guide(PDF, 3MB)

Motorcycle Tourism & Safety

Motorcycling the Southern Way(PDF, 3MB)

Southern Highlands Drives

Look Out Before You Step Out

Wingecarribee Shire Council has been installing road stencils at pedestrian crossings, intersections and pedestrian refuges throughout the Shire in a bid to improve pedestrian safety.

Recent data from Transport for NSW’s Road Safety Plan 2021 shows that pedestrians make up 17 per cent of all fatalities and nine per cent of all serious injuries on state-wide roads.

Council’s Road Safety Officer Adam Lawrence said over the past five years nineteen people were involved in pedestrian related incidents within our Shire.

“We're all pedestrians at some time and walking beside or near roads requires particular attention to safety,” he said.

The ‘Look out before you step out’ campaign, first launched in October 2016, encourages pedestrians to take an extra moment to look before stepping out onto roads, as well as choosing safe times and places to cross.

“The stencils have been installed in key locations to remind road users to check where their head is at and to make safe decisions when crossing the road,” said Adam.

“We also know this is a two-way street, and drivers also need to play their part by slowing down, especially in high pedestrian or school zones and on local streets where they know pedestrians are out and about.
“We all have a part to play to bring to road toll Towards Zero.”

The safety messaging can be seen in Bowral, Hill Top, Mittagong and Moss Vale.

For tips on walking safely please visit;

Pedestrians

The ‘Look out before your step out’ campaign is being conducted by Wingecarribee Shire Council in partnership with Transport for NSW.

Follow The Road Rules

  • Wear a seat belt
  • Travel a safe distance behind the car in front (at least three seconds)
  • Don't tailgate
  • Obey the speed limit and drive to the conditions
  • Do not use your mobile phone

There are more safe driving behaviours you can practice.

For information on the current road rules and tips on driving safely please visit the pages below:

Roads and Maritime Service

Top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules in NSW

Mobile Phone Cameras

Cameras have been introduced in regards to illegal mobile phone usage in NSW. Be assured the cameras are real and in operation so please be mindful of this and do not use any mobile phone illegally.

The current rules and fines can be viewed at the below link:

Know the rules

Drive to Conditions

Flooding like fire and other environmental conditions requires patience and a practical risk assessment before leaving home on your planned journey.

For up to date information please visit LIVE TRAFFIC NSW or download the app to your mobile device - remember hands free if on the road!