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How to stay safe on the roads this December

Planning to travel this festive season? Do so safely.

Avoid motor vehicle accidents by driving safely.

If you plan on travelling on the roads this festive season, here are some safety tips from Arrive Alive to help you arrive at your destination.

• Obey the rules of the road and carry your driver’s licence with you
• Plan the route to your holiday destination and allow yourself enough time
• Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure – all lights and indicators, windscreens, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, shock absorbers, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults
• Do not overload
• Try to avoid driving after dark
• Have a good rest before you embark on your journey
• Take safety breaks every two hours or 200 kilometers – take a breather, have an energy drink and continue once well rested
• Do not drink and drive
• Try to recognise potentially dangerous drivers and pedestrians alongside the road and keep well clear of them
• Be visible – drive with your lights on
• Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within the range of the main beam
• Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs
• Drive defensively
• Stay within the speed limit at all times
• Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so
• Maintain at least a two-second following distance – this should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet
• Expect others to not be as obedient to the law as yourself
• Avoid distractions on the road such as texting, conversations on cellular phones etc
• Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate
• Know your emergency numbers – when you need assistance, kindly call the following numbers.

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