Golden rules of the road

It’s always important to revisit the basics of road safety from time to time. South Africa still has a long way to go when it comes to reducing the number of fatal incidents on our roads.

  1. Always buckle up:
    • A seatbelt should be worn at all times by both the driver and the passengers. South African law demands that all children under the age of three should be secured in a car seat.
    • Wearing a seatbelt can greatly reduce the chance of death or serious injury. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to the shop around the corner, you should ALWAYS wear your seatbelt.
  2. Respect the rules of the road:
    • The rules of the road are in place to promote safety for everyone. Ignoring these rules puts you and others at risk
  3. Obey the speed limit:
    • It is a well-known fact that by reducing your vehicle speed, you can drastically reduce the fatalities on our roads.
  4. Check your tyres:
    • Worn out tyres can pose a dangerous risk to you and others if they are severely damaged – they could burst or deflate
    • Always check your tyres for wear and tear, make sure they are inflated correctly and always have a spare ready for use (make sure that the spare is also correctly inflated).
  5. Drive sober:
    • Don’t drink and drive.
    • Drunken driving is extremely dangerous and illegal. This puts not only your life in danger but that of everyone else around you.
  6. Pay attention:
    • Distracted driving leads to less focus on the road this is extremely dangerous. Put your cell phone away and focus on the road.
    • There is no text message or call that is more important than your life or the lives of your passengers and fellow road users.
  7. Stop when you are tired:
    • Driving while tired can be compared to driving while drunk.
    • If you are tired, stop and rest. It is advised that drivers should stop and rest at least every 200km.
  8. Wear a helmet:
    • If you are on a motorcycle or bicycle, be sure to always wear a helmet.
  9. Be courteous and considerate:
    • Courteous and considerate behaviour should be a “given”.

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