The festive season is upon us and while we all want to enjoy our holidays and have fun at the safe time, we should also consider being safe and alive for to see many more years to come.
Responsible fun is always the best way to go. Arrive Alive has issued some road safety tips on how to stay safe during the silly season.
Road safety tips for the festive season
Obey the rules of the road and carry your driver’s license with you.
Plan the route to your holiday destination and allow yourself enough time to reach the destination.
Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure. All lights and indicators, windscreens, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, shock absorbers, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
Do not overload.
Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.
Have a good rest before you embark on your journey
Take safety breaks every two hours or 200km. Rest, have an energy drink and continue once well rested.
Do not drink and drive.
Try to recognise potentially dangerous drivers on and pedestrians alongside the road and keep well clear of them.
Be visible – drive with your lights on.
Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within the range of the main beam.
Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
Stay within the speed limit at all times.
Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so.
Maintain at least a two-second following distance – this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
Expect others to not be as obedient to the law as yourself.
Avoid distractions on the road such as texting, conversations on cellular phones etc.
Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate.
Know your emergency numbers – When you need assistance, kindly call the following numbers.