Be Present these holidays



The most important gift we can each give this Christmas is being there to celebrate and spend time with our family and friends.  The holiday period brings about higher numbers of passengers, women and children under 15 years of age being killed in crashes.

What greater motivation is there to travel safely than being present on Christmas morning and watching the kids open their presents or playing backyard cricket with your mates on Boxing Day?

Don’t let a poor decision or distraction on the road rob you from giving the greatest gift of all this year – your presence.

Unfortunately, in Victoria we have a high holiday road toll for our population. The most important gift we can each give this Christmas is being there to celebrate and spend time with our family and friends.

Unfortunately, we lost an eighteen-year-old family member recently due to a horrible car accident and she won’t be with her family this Christmas. Her parents and sisters will never see her grow into the beautiful woman she was becoming. A gorgeous girl who tragically had her life cut short. The driver, who was inexperienced and driving recklessly, has to live with killing their friend for the rest of their life.

No one wants to hear of the death or hospitalisation of a loved one from a car accident.

How can you stay safe on the roads over the Christmas holiday season?

1.Plan your journey – consider travelling outside peak periods when there’s less traffic on the road and if you’re travelling long distances, plan appropriate rest stops.

2.Be well rested – fatigue can be deadly and is a contributing factor in between 16 to 20 per cent of all road crashes in Victoria. If you’re drowsy, pull over for a 15 minute powernap.

3.Make the responsible choice not to drink and drive – even small amounts of alcohol impair your ability to be alert and make timely and safe decisions.

4.Travel to the conditions, especially on unfamiliar roads, and within the speed limit at all times – speed is a factor in one in three road deaths in Victoria.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is encouraging all Victorians to make an important promise before they hit the road this Christmas holiday season – to be present.

Give your family and friends a laugh while reminding them to stay safe on the roads this holiday season!

By creating your own Christmas rap video eCard.

Just upload photos of yourself and up to three others and follow the easy steps. Rap this present now and share away!

Here is one we did earlier:

To make your own free eCard to give your friends and family a laugh, spread some Christmas cheer and remind them to stay safe on the roads this holiday season, head to:

As part of the campaign, the TAC has installed a giant inflatable Christmas present in both metro and regional locations around Victoria. Inside the present, people are able to wrap themselves up as a present in a photo booth, allowing them to appear in their own gift cards.

Remember, the best gift you can give this Christmas, is being there. Your actions on the road not only affect you but those closest to you especially friends and family.

The Woman of Style and Substance staff wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year.

#SP This was a sponsored post in conjunction with TAC as per our Disclosure Policy

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