On the Road | March 2018

9 Tips to help you plan your journey

  1. Obey the rules of the road and always carry your driver’s licence with you.
  2. Plan the route to your holiday destination and give yourself enough time to reach the destination.
  3. Use a GPS navigation tool or a road atlas to plan your trip in advance.
  4. For peace of mind, try to stick to major routes or toll roads. If you are going to travel on the ‘back roads’ identify the towns along the route and the distance between them.
  5. Do not get stranded without fuel – always plan ahead where you will re-fuel.
  6. Plan rest stops along the way. If you are travelling with children it is a great way to let them know when and where you will be stopping.
  7. Always ensure that a friend or family member, who is not travelling with you, is aware of the route that you are planning to travel.
  8. Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.
  9. Expect others not to be as obedient to the law as yourself.
    (Source: Automobile Association)
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Make sure your vehicle is 'fit'

Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure.
Check all lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres carefully for faults.
Take your vehicle for a full check before embarking on your holiday travels.
And don’t overload your vehicle for the trip.
(Source: Automobile Association)

How to be a safer driver

Here are some things to bear in mind before you embark on your journey:
Take safety breaks every two hours or 200km.
Don’t drink and drive.
Avoid driver distractions such as talking on your cellphone or texting.
(Source: Automobile Association)

Avoid becoming a victim

Remain alert to any areas that might present a threat of criminal activity such as hijackings and smash-and-grab.
Always place your valuables in the boot of your car and never leave items such as cellphones and wallets in open sight, unattended, or on the seat of a car.
(Source: Automobile Association)

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Seatbelts and safety

Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
South African law requires each passenger in a motor vehicle to make use of the seatbelts and strap themselves in.
It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure all passengers are strapped in and remains strapped in for the duration of the journey.
It is a criminal offence for an adult to allow a child younger than 14 years to travel unrestrained in a vehicle equipped with seatbelts or a car safety seat.
Infants and children under the age of 12 should travel in the back seat of a vehicle and should be buckled up, either in a car seat, booster seat or using the car’s seatbelt, depending on the age and weight of the child.
Infants from newborn to one year of age, or up to 10kg in weight, should travel in a rear facing car seat in the back of a car as in the event of an accident, the impact will be on the seat and not on the infant.
(Source: Automobile Association)

Know the rules of the road

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How to drive defensively

It’s always best to drive defensively as risk takers are collision makers.
Avoid all distractions and keep both eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel.
Be visible, so drive with your lights on.
Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.
Stay within the speed limit at all times.
Be especially alert when approaching traffic lights, intersections and level crossings.
Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so.
Maintain at least a three second following distance – this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
Avoid driving in the ‘blind spot’ of other vehicles.
Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your cool and resist the temptation to retaliate.
Be cautious when driving alone, and avoid stopping in remote areas.
(Source: Automobile Association)

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Save children's lives

How to cross a road safely

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