Driving safely

As a driver of a QFleet vehicle, you represent the Queensland Government. You must set a good example and drive safely and courteously with consideration for other road users.

We strongly support initiatives to promote safe and responsible vehicle use. Driving dangerously risks your own safety and the welfare of others.

Managing road safety risks

Ways to improve your driving performance and road safety include:

  • Drive at a safe speed: Speeding is a major contributing factor in serious and fatal crashes. Do not drive faster than the speed limit and reduce speed when road and weather conditions deteriorate and while driving in heavy traffic.
  • Avoid driving when tired: Fatigue and sleepiness increase the risk of incidents and affect driver performance and judgment. Plan your journey. Take a 20-minute break every two hours and avoid driving for long distances after a full day of work.
  • Wear a seatbelt: Seatbelts save lives. Drivers and passengers who do not wear a seatbelt contribute to a large percentage of road crash fatalities every year. Wear a seat belt and ensure all of your passengers do too.
  • Avoid being distracted: Driver distraction and inattention are major causes of crashes. A safe driver must totally concentrate on driving and stay alert when behind the wheel. Resist the temptation to focus on technological and other distractions both inside and outside your vehicle such as mobile phone use, wearing headphones, adjusting the car stereo, or eating whilst driving.
  • Maintain the vehicle: Well-maintained vehicles are safer and reduce whole-of-life operating costs. Complete the vehicle maintenance requirements as per the vehicle owner’s handbook. Service the vehicle on time and action vehicle repairs as soon as possible.
  • Vehicle familiarisation: Unfamiliar vehicles may pose a safety risk to the driver. Take time to familiarise yourself with features of a vehicle prior to driving rather than during the journey. Consult the vehicle owner’s handbook or request vehicle induction training.
  • Parking and reversing safely: Drivers should take care and look for obstacles when parking and reversing. Before reversing out of a parking space, as you approach the vehicle, walk around it and check for obstacles. If you have a passenger travelling with you, the passenger should act as a ‘spotter’ to guide you during parking and reversing manoeuvres.
  • Maintain a safe following distance: Nose to tail crashes represent a significant portion of incidents. Be aware of the distance required to safely stop your vehicle and maintain a safe following distance. Increase your safety gap as speed increases or conditions deteriorate. Leave a following distance of at least 3 seconds between you and the vehicle in front.

Driving in adverse conditions

Your safety and that of others is most important and you should avoid driving in adverse conditions if at all possible.

Observe all safety signs e.g. ‘Do Not Cross Flooded Roadway’ and ‘Impassable in the Wet’.

Keep your knowledge about the road and weather conditions up-to-date by consulting with other drivers and work colleagues, or listening to the local radio station.

Rain, strong winds and fog make driving more difficult and dangerous, especially at night. The risks associated with driving in bad weather conditions can be minimised by:

  • driving at a speed appropriate for the conditions
  • ensuring that the windscreen is clean and the windscreen wipers are operational and in good condition
  • using the air conditioner or demister to keep the windscreen clear
  • ensuring that all vehicle and trailer lights are working
  • using low beam headlights in fog and using rear fog lights (if fitted) only in heavy fog or very hazardous weather conditions
  • using hazard lights when travelling very slowly
  • driving at reduced speeds where there is water over the road to reduce the risk of aquaplaning
  • avoiding sudden or harsh braking or steering actions
  • not attempting to overtake other vehicles (unless on a double carriageway)
  • postponing your trip on wet unsealed roads.

Talk to your agency’s Workplace Health and Safety area about any concerns or suggestions relating to driver safety.