Distracted driving is estimated to be a factor in 25% to 50% of all traffic crashes. Driving safely is not only beneficial to the driver but also to all other road users.

Follow these driving safety tips for a safer journey:

• Do not drink and drive.
• Obey the speed limit.
• Do not use cell phones when driving. It is illegal and extremely dangerous.
• Ensure the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition.
• Do simple vehicle maintenance and pre-trip inspections.
• Guard against distractions while driving. Set all devices, mirrors and controls prior to driving.
• Ensure all vehicle occupants wear a seat belt.
• Maintain a safe following distance. Obey the two-second rule.
• Allow yourself to take short breaks when driving long distances.
• Plan your journey well in advance.

Breakdown safety:

• If a breakdown occurs, turn hazard lights on and get the vehicle to a safe location.
• If the vehicle breaks down on the roadway, turn hazard lights on, stay belted in the vehicle and wait for professional help.
• Never get out of a vehicle to make a repair on a busy road. Get the vehicle to a safe place before getting out.

Safety at level crossings:

• Always stop at level crossings. Never cross if the red lights are flashing, regardless of what position the boom is in.
• Obey the road signs when approaching a level crossing. Make sure the tracks are clear in both directions before crossing.
• Never queue over a level crossing.
• Never pass another vehicle when approaching a level crossing.

Source: https://safelyhome.westerncape.gov.za/road-safety/367

Published On: February 15th, 2021 / Categories: Blog /