RACQ CareFlight Chief Aircrewman Brian Guthrie
RACQ CareFlight Chief Aircrewman Brian Guthrie RACQ

Off on a family trip? A locator device might save your life

PEOPLE planning a road trip and those who work  or play in remote areas are being urged to carry personal locator devices.

Peak motoring body the RACQ and rescue service RACQ CareFlight say the devices can mean the difference between life and death.

Personal Locator Beacons can send a signal to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre), alerting them to a crisis when you have no mobile phone signal.

RACQ CareFlight Chief Aircrewman Brian Guthrie said he had seen the benefits of a PLB first hand in locations with little or no mobile reception.

"We rescued a group of people during the Roma floods two years ago," Mr Guthrie said. "They had a PLB and we were able to very quickly hone in on their exact location.

"Every minute counts in an emergency and a PLB can make all the difference."

RACQ spokesperson Niki Kormendy said PLBs would give motorists or motorcyclists on road trips reassurance that help would be on hand if needed, regardless of local mobile network coverage.

"Preparation for long road trips - particularly those through remote areas - is essential," Ms Kormendy said.

"In addition to preparing your vehicle, planning your route and rest stops and checking road conditions and weather reports, motorists should take a PLB in case of an emergency.

"There would be nothing worse than having a crash and not being able to seek help due to lack of mobile phone reception."

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