POLICE say a man, 29, is lucky to be alive after he crashed into trees, causing one to fall onto his white utility on Thursday morning at Goornong.
Sergeant Peter Beaman said the Shepparton man veered off the Sandy Creek-Barnadown Road as he was travelling towards Bendigo at 9.22am.
The man was taken to Bendigo Hospital with minor injuries.
Police will investigate the cause of the collision.
The police have urged caution on the roads.
Despite a record low road toll in 2013, December ushered in an alarming rise, with a total of 30 lives lost – an average of one each day.
The tragic trend has continued into January, with 13 fatal collisions resulting in 17 deaths.
Eleven of these crashes occurred on country roads.
Sergeant Beaman asked road users to stay alert while driving.
"In the Bendigo region there hasn't been a road fatality since December 10," he said.
"Let's keep it that way."
A man, 61, from Arnold died when his car collided with a tree on the Wimmera Highway at Wilsons Hill on December 10.
Sergeant Beaman said drivers should stay hydrated.
"It's summer, so keep hydrated and have lots of rest breaks," he said.
"Take a break every two hours.
"Have a coffee, get out of your car and have a walk around for 15 minutes to get the blood flowing.
"Listen to your body.
"If you feel tired, stop and have a break."
The road toll is at 17 compared with 11 at the same time last year.