Road Champions

RAA Road Champions

In the lead up to this year’s state election, RAA asked all South Australian motorists to become an RAA Road Champion and join the drive for better roads.

On behalf of our almost 600,000 members, RAA called for greater investment in road infrastructure, learner driver training and public transport – topics that were highlighted as areas of concern in feedback from our members.

Click here to read RAA's State Election Report Card

RAA surveyed twelve city routes in 2013. Eleven of the twelve routes surveyed during the morning peak period were operating below the minimum acceptable standard. The afternoon peak run was a little better, with 3 out of the twelve routes operating at an acceptable standard.

Goodwood Road commuters, travelling toward the city, spent an extra 12.5 minutes in the car every morning last year than they would have if our roads were operating properly during peak times. This equates to a total of around 52 hours a year.

City bound South Road commuters spent an extra 38 hours a year longer in the car in 2013 than in 2012 – a result of the introduction of bus lanes on Anzac Highway.

This report highlights once again the deficiencies around our inner city ring route and major arterial roads.

To show how bad Adelaide’s congestion levels are, RAA put two metropolitan roads to the test in its latest state election road challenge.

V8 supercar driver Tim Slade was back in the driver’s seat of the RAA Road Champions car to test who would get from point A to point B first, a car….or a tortoise. Check out the video below to see the results of the RAA Road Champions Urban Road Challenge.

In 2013 RAA conducted its first Risky Roads campaign, which gave South Australian road users the opportunity to highlight roads and intersections they felt were unsafe. RAA received almost 4,000 responses from the community.

By advocating for improvements to these roads, we aim to secure some funding for improvements to our vital road network for the benefit of all South Australians.

We put South Australia’s worst regional roads to the test in a ‘Rural Road Challenge’, with V8 Supercar driver Tim Slade behind the wheel of the RAA Road Champions car.

Watch the video below to see how well the Yorke Peninsula’s Bute to Kulpara Road handled the heat! For a full list of rural roads on our wish list to be upgraded, click here.

We also asked the South Australian motoring community to join the drive and ‘Honk for Better Roads’. We received more than 4,000 ‘honks’ for better roads, with many people also sending a message direct to their local candidates via the app. 

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