The onset of cooler months means shorter days...and flat batteries.
The onset of cooler months means shorter days...and flat batteries. Contributed

RACQ rescues 1189 with flat batteries in one week

FEW Queenslanders would name winter their favourite season, viewing it as a time to be endured rather than enjoyed.

And who could blame them, living in a state world-famous for its glorious summer days? But I'll take a Queensland winter any day, with its warm blankets, footy season and pleasant 25-degree afternoons.

Come to think of it, just about the only downside to the autumn and winter months is the lack of daylight hours. There's just something a little sombre about driving home from work in the dark.

I mustn't be the only motorist in that frame of mind either, because RACQ had to rescue 1189 Queenslanders with flat batteries last week alone, many caused by distracted drivers forgetting to turn headlights off after arriving home or at work.

But despite the risk of a flat battery, using your headlights from now through to the end of winter in the early winter mornings and late afternoons is highly recommended.

Peak commute periods have become much darker as we approach the winter months, so it's important to remain visible to pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists, while also maximising your own vision.

The visibility issue also extends to cyclists and runners. Since they almost always come off worse in a collision with a car, wearing reflective gear on the morning jog or cycle is almost certainly a good idea.

It doesn't take much effort to stay safe on the road this winter - just the flick of a switch - but it could save your life.

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