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Drive safely this holiday

Some tips to take in consideration when going on the road.

‘Drive safe and report bad drivers’ is the advice on the Arrive Alive road safety website.

On www.arrivealive.co.za they shared road safety suggestions to be used, not only during this festive season and next year’s Easter, but for all hours of the day.

The website says:

  •  always obey the rules of the road and don’t exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for the prevailing circumstances.
  •  Never drink and drive.
  •  Don’t overtake across barrier lines or in the face of oncoming traffic.
  •  Don’t drive through red traffic lights or ignore stop or yield signs.
  •  Don’t drive too close to the vehicle in front of you by making sure you keep the three-second gap between you and that vehicle. This distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
  •  Avoid driving on the blind spot of other vehicles.
  •  Make sure that the driver and passengers always wear their seatbelts.
  •  Switch your vehicle’s headlights on from sunset to sun-up.
  •  Dim your headlights at night when other traffic approaches.
  •  Make sure that your vehicle is always maintained and in a good condition.
  •  Always use your indicators when changing lanes.
  •  Drive with the due consideration to other motorists and pedestrians, particularly the elderly and children.
  •  Plan the route to your holiday destination and give yourself enough time to reach it. Also plan ahead where you will re-fuel and where you will have rest-stops along the way.
  •  Avoid driving after dark. When driving at night be visible by driving with your car’s headlights on.
  •  Drive defensively because risk-takers are collision-makers.
  •  Drivers have to avoid distractions by keeping both eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel.
  •  Always place your valuables in the boot of your vehicle.

Arrive Alive urges motorists to report bad driving, accidents, unsafe vehicles as well as reckless and negligent driver behaviour by phoning the National Traffic Call Centre (NTCC) on 0861 400 800.

The call centre also provides the opportunity to report overloading of vehicles, as well as fraud and corruption at vehicle testing stations and driving licence testing centres, on this number.

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