Deanna Eastall (front) and the USQ staff who have signed up to the Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive campaign.
Deanna Eastall (front) and the USQ staff who have signed up to the Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive campaign. Karleila Thomsen

Uni staff sign on for road safety

UNIVERSITY staff at the Fraser Coast campus of USQ regularly drive from Hervey Bay to the uni’s sister campus at Toowoomba, an 800km round trip.

Taking the Fraser Coast Chronicle’s Drive 2 Stay Alive pledge was a no-brainer, therefore, and with Provost Ken Stott leading the way, 15 staff members logged on and signed up this week.

“This campaign reminds us that we have to constantly check our attitude to our own driving and to other road users,” Prof. Stott said.

“If we get that right we can certainly lessen our chances of getting into trouble.

“In order to drive safely we have to be professional in our approach and take it seriously.

“It’s my personal view that it is quite easy to acquire the technical skills to drive, but 90 per cent of the problem stems from attitude.

“It is often from a poor attitude that problems arise.”

The Chronicle campaign invites Fraser Coast residents to take the pledge and take on board the 10 Commitments to safer driving.

“When things do happen on the road, for whatever reason, those who suffer are the loved ones and anything we can do to ease the burden is most welcome,” Prof. Stott said.

He did an advanced driving course during his early driving career, and although skills were important, so was patience.

“All these things have a greater impact on ability than just skills.

“My tip, in terms of speeding, is to get a car with cruise control and set it all the time – even when travelling in the 50km zones on the Esplanade in Hervey Bay.”



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