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Motorists are urged to follow AA road safety rules during the festive season

Good driving behaviour is crucial to road safety this festive season.

Traffic volumes are expected to pick up across the country in the next few weeks as schools and businesses close and people make their way to vacation destinations across the country.

The AA encourages road users to improve their attitudes and driving behaviours; they must also ensure that they have a calm, conscientious, and courteous attitude on the road, not only during this festive period but throughout the year.

The AA offers the following tips for travellers:

  • Keep left, pass right. A simple rule which should be followed by all moving vehicles. It’s also courteous to drivers to make way for them if they are moving quicker than you. Driving too slow in a lane is dangerous and could lead to road rage incidents.
  • Ensure everyone in the vehicle (front and back) is buckled up.
  • Drink or drive. If you are going to be doing the one, don’t do the other. It’s the same if you are walking drink or walk.
  • If you are walking, be always visible, especially at night, and at dawn or dusk, and in poorly lit areas.
  • While on the road, take a breather every two hours or every 200km; this will help you stay alert behind the wheel.
  • If you’re a biker, or riding on a bicycle, wear a helmet and other necessary protective gear.
  • Drive to the conditions of the road not necessarily to the indicated speed limit.
  • Distracted driving is dangerous and means you aren’t focused on the road ahead. Put your cell phone in the boot and use it only in an emergency.
  • Ensure your tyres (and spare) are in good condition and properly inflated.
  • Ensure your windscreen wipers (front and back) are in good condition.
  • Be prepared for any roadside, medical or security situation by downloading the AA RescueMe app (available on all platforms).


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