Arrive Alive South Africa | Road safety tips for the festive season

12th December 2011 at 5:22 pm

Irene would like to wish all road users a safe festive season on the road, do not think that it is not going to happen to you, please follow suggestions below to keep you safe on the roads of South Africa. Looking forward to your safe return.

1 Obey the rules of the road and carry you drivers license with you.
2 Plan the route to your holiday destination and give your self enough time to reach the destination
3 Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure. All lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
4 Do not overload.
5 Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.
6 Have a good rest before you embark on your journey
7 Take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200km
8 Do not drink and drive
9 Try to recognize potentially dangerous drivers on and pedestrians alongside the road and keep well clear of them
10 Be visible – drive with your lights on
11 Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.
12 Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
13 Drive defensively
14 Stay within the speed limit at all times
15 Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so
16 Maintain at least a 2 second following distance – this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
17 Expect others not to be as obedient to the law as yourself
18 Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate
Share these suggestions with your family and friends – And may you and your family have a happy and safe festive season!!
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What do I do in an Emergency?
•Know the Emergency numbers
Police: 10111
Ambulance: 10177
Emergency: 112
ER24: 084 124
Netcare: 082 911
•Where do I report Bad Driving?
National Traffic Call Centre Number: 0861 400 800
Assist Emergency Response Units by
Ensuring they have information on hand when calling – accurate address details and nature of the incident.
Landmarks are useful and if no street names exist, agree on a meeting area at a specific landmark.
Allowing emergency vehicle right of way to respond to the emergencies and giving way timeously.
Allowing access to the scene of the incident and patient/s.
Send someone to meet the vehicles, ensure that security at entrance points are made aware of emergencies in complexes,
Switch on some outside lights if incident is at night
Clear access routes and lock away any dangerous or vicious domestic animals.
•Help is at Hand!
Road Safety Information on your Mobile phone –