We’re putting a hold on roadworks for popular holiday routes starting on Thursday afternoon, a traditionally busy peak as the long-weekend begins.

In some areas, we’re midway through major upgrades and so reduced speed limits will be in place for everyone’s safety.

Here’s some tips for motorists to ensure a safe and memorable holiday.

It pays to check tyres, brakes, lights, oil and water before setting off. A safe vehicle will help keep occupants safe, should the worst happen.

Drivers should know their route and rest stops, as well as the time required for the trip. Good planning ensures a stress-free and predictable journey.

When on the road, it’s vital that drivers stay alert and free of distractions. SES Driver Reviver sites will be set up across the state, providing a safe place to pull over, stretch the legs or have a nap before hitting the road again.

Luggage should be properly secured. Objects inside the car, as well as those outside – on roof-racks or trailers, can become projectiles when braking suddenly.

Just as drivers travelling on unfamiliar roads can plan ahead to know their surroundings, a little bit of patience and courtesy from locals will go a long way in keeping everyone safe.

While the work commute is quieter for many, there may be some delays on the Monash Freeway, Dandenong Road and along Batman Avenue into the CBD during the Autumn construction blitz. Plan ahead to avoid delays.

For the latest traffic information around the state visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or download the VicTraffic app via your app store. 

If you see any hazards on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70, open 24/7. In an emergency, call Triple Zero.