Check your brakes before your Christmas break

MORE than two thirds of Queensland drivers who hit the road this Christmas will do so without making sure their brakes are fully functioning, research has shown.

A Bob Jane T-Marts survey of more than 1000 people found 68% of Christmas drivers won't check their brakes, 67% don't make sure their tyres are in good condition and 80% don't check their water and oil levels.

Road safety advocate Russell White said safety checks were vital before doing any long distance travel in a car.

"It's easy to underestimate the importance of basic car checks in the belief that if the vehicle has passed its regular service, then it's fine until the next," Mr White said.

"However, it's essential to ensure that the car is in full working order before setting off on any long journey, and even more critical at a time when the roads will be chock-a-block with festive travellers. Even the most basic checks could be enough to save you in the event of a crash.

"The volume of traffic on the roads between Christmas and the new year inevitably make it more dangerous than usual - especially given the carefree, festive spirit. Already this month the national road death toll is up compared to the same time last year."  

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