Speeding isn't necessarily the problem. Photo: Wayne Venables WVZ
It's that time of year again, when millions of Australians hit the road for their Christmas break. It's also the time when road fatalities make headline news, despite long-term stats showing there is no discernible difference in the road toll in holiday times.
It's also the time we'll see the predictable interviews with emergency services people (doing an often heartbreaking job) pleading with people to slow down.
Yet the vast majority of crashes occur at or below the speed limit. And, indeed, there are no statistics on how many crashes are caused by speeding (the type of speeding that involves exceeding the speed limit, not the one police and road safety authorities define as speeding in order to inflate the statistics).
The reality is that most fatalities are not caused by hoons or people behaving irresponsibly. They will be caused by generally responsible motorists who momentarily get distracted or make a simple mistake. At 60, 80 or 100km/h that one mistake can be fatal.
At the end of the day it'll be concentration, attentiveness and preparation that will be your best chance of arriving safely this holiday period - not an unerring determination to make sure you don't exceed a number in a red circle. Safe holiday motoring from all of us at Drive - we'll be hitting the road again in 2013.