Top 10 dangerous roads to be careful of this Easter

With the Easter long weekend fast approaching, it’s almost time to pack the boot, pile the kids in the car, and hit the open road. As amazing as this sounds, Easter is one of the busiest times of year – particularly for drivers.

According to a recent survey 66% Australians said they were responsible for planning a road trip, while 19.5% said their partner was. So if you’re the one taking charge this Easter, arm yourself with the knowledge of which of Australia’s roads are the most dangerous. Here are 10 to keep your eye on:

1. NSW: M4 Western Motorway – Parramatta Rd, Concord to M7 Westlink

2. TAS: M2 /A2 Bass Highway – Nine Mile Rd to Stowport Rd

3. NSW: M31 Hume Motorway/Freeway – South Western Motorway/M5 to Narellan Rd, Campbeltown

4. QLD: M1 Pacific Motorway – Gateway Motorway to Logan Motorway

5. TAS: A8 East Tamar Highway – Alanvale Connector to Dalrymple Rd

6. QLD: Pacific Motorway – Smith Street Fwy to NSW border

7. TAS: M1 Midland Highway – Evandale Main Rd to Howick Street

8. QLD: M1 Pacific Motorway – Logan Motorway to Smith Street Fwy

9. QLD: A1 Bruce Highway – Sarina to Mackay

10. WA: WA19 Great Northern/Victoria Highway – Kununnurra Turnoff to NT Border

Awareness equals preparedness

The findings above come from the Australian Automobile Association’s AusRap report last year. Sadly, the report also found that the death toll on our roads took an upward turn. However, knowing which roads are the most dangerous will help you plan your journey and keep your family safe.

Now you which roads to be cautious of, the next steps are to practice safe driving habits.

Service your car

Before you head off, make sure your car has been recently serviced so it is in the best working condition. The last thing you want on a family road trip is to be stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck (if there are any operating over the weekend).

Plan your route with breaks along the way

Once your vehicle of choice is in top shape, make sure your route is mapped out. While a phone is the default map for many of us, it pays to study your route beforehand. Should your trusty GPS malfunction or run out of battery, having previous knowledge of the map will keep you out of peril. Most importantly remember to stop, revive, survive. Many road accidents can be avoided by simply following these three steps. Plan the timing of your trip so you take a break from driving every two hours with a meal break, or with an attraction to explore.

Bio: Gwen Mackey is a mother, daughter, wife & writer. She’s just one of many Wonder Women in the world, and you can follow her on Twitter.