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WITH bonnets shining brightly in the au-
tumn sun, dozens of immaculate vintage
Bugatti cars rolled into Bass Coast over the
weekend of March 11 and 12.
As part of the Alternate GABR rally, the
Bugatti Club of Australia headed down to
Bass Coast for a weekend of fun in the sun.
Drivers first met at the State Coal Mine in
Wonthaggi on Friday, March 10, where they
lined up their pristine vehicles for visitors to
come and admire.
The rally base for the weekend was at In-
verloch’s RACV resort, and was part of the
International Victorian Tour, attracting driv-
ers not just from Australia, but internation-
ally as well.
The Bugatti Club of Australia was formed
in 1965 by like-minded ‘Bugattists’ to fur-
ther the interests of the marque in Austra-
lia, and is dedicated to the preservation,
restoration, sporting use and enjoyment of
THE weather has finally warmed and the Trans-
port Accident Commission has issued a list of tips
for motorists planning to get away this easter.
With more cars on the roads travelling further
distances, often in unfamiliar territory, the Trans-
port Accident Commission is encouraging Victo-
rian motorists to start summer on our roads look-
ing out for each other.
TAC road safety manager Samantha Buckis said
there were plenty of things Victorians can do to
ensure everyone enjoys a safe and happy summer
“We know many Victorians are looking forward
to a break over the holidays, often involving long
distance car trips on regional and unfamiliar
roads,’ Ms Buckis said.
“There’s no reason why everyone can’t arrive at
their holiday destination safely, if we all take re-
sponsibility for our own driving behaviour and
follow a few simple tips when planning longer
To help Victorians get from A to B safely, the TAC
has compiled a list of basic tips to guide motorists
when they’re traveling.
They range from planning rest stops and adher-
ing to speed limits to ensuring vehicles are in good
condition before hitting the road.
The safe driving prompt follows a tragic year on
Victorian roads with 281 lives lost so far in 2016,
with 126 of these occurring on rural roads.
“Driving in unfamiliar territory is always risky,
especially when you’ve been on the road for some
time and have a car full of children,” Ms Buckis
“By familiarising yourself with the route you’ll
be taking, planning rest stops, allowing adequate
time to get there, driving at safe speeds and taking
steps to avoid distractions, each of us can do a lot
to reduce trauma on our roads.”
Here are five tips from the TAC to keep yourself,
your family and other road users safe.
1. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is the key to a safe and relaxed
holiday. Before hitting the road, plan your route
and work out how long it will take to reach your
destination. Look for towns and sites along the
way, so you can factor in rest stops and swap driv-
ers every couple of hours. Make sure you’ve had
a good night’s sleep before setting out and avoid
driving at times you would normally be asleep.
2. How safe is your car?
A long time on the road can take its toll on your
car, so making sure it’s in good condition before
embarking on your trip is vital. Good brakes and
tyres could be all that is standing between you and
a crash when something unexpected happens.
3. Rethink your speed
Holiday road trips often see you travelling on
unfamiliar roads, in variable conditions and many
will be towing a caravan or boat. With a lot of traf-
fic on the roads, you may need to allow extra time
to get there. Remember to stay within the speed
limit and always choose an appropriate speed for
4. No distractions
With so much traffic on the roads, even a mi-
nor distraction can turn deadly in the event of
something unexpected. Come up with strategies to
avoid distraction, like putting your phone in the
boot and ensuring young passengers have plenty
to keep them occupied.
5. Drinking and driving – they’re bet-
An easy one to achieve – even small amounts of
alcohol can inhibit your driving ability so avoid it
altogether while on the move. Driving the morning
after drinking can also have serious consequences
so a quiet night and good night’s sleep before de-
parture is always a great idea.
To learn more safe driving tips for your holiday
and road trip, visit www.tac.vic.gov.au
TAC tips for a
safe road trip
Vintage Bugattis flooded into Wonthaggi on Friday, March 10 as part of the Bugatti Club of
Australia’s GABR rally. ms131217
Bugattis shine at
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Car enthusiasts stopped by the Wonthaggi
State Coal Mine en route to Inverloch, where
the 2017 GABR rally was based over the
weekend of March 11 and 12. ms141217
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