With the holiday season around the corner
many of us will travel far to get to holiday
destinations or to family and friends. Please
remember that one life lost is one too many.
Road accidents can be avoided and many lives can
be saved. Road safety does not happen by
When driving please take heed of the
following safety pre-cautions:
- Never go over the speed limit. Speed
kills. Adjust your speed to the prevailing
- Ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy
at all times;
- Never drive when too tired to do so,
fatigue is a silent killer;
- Always wear your seat belt (both front
and back seat passengers). Wearing a
seatbelt will reduce the severity of
injuries by up to 40%;
- Switch on your headlights even during
the day, this helps to make you visible to
other motorists and road users;
- Make sure windshield wiper blades are in
good condition, particularly in rainy
- Make sure the tyres of the vehicle are
in good condition;
Make sure the lights and reflectors are
clean. Lights and reflectors are especially
important during bad weather;
- Don't drive alongside other vehicles
unnecessarily. Keep a following distance
that allows you enough time to avoid an
- Try to anticipate stops early and slow
There are times of the day, and of the week,
when accidents occur more frequently:
- Between dusk and dawn.
- During morning and evening peak periods.
- At "closing time" for bars, hotels and
- In the afternoon when children come out
- After large public gatherings, such as
rugby matches or race meetings.
- Late in the week and at weekends when
the use of alcohol increases.
- On public holidays and weekends when
many motorists are paying more attention to
sightseeing than to proper driving.
Remember Road Safety Starts with You!