The 7 Most Important Tips for Everyday Road Safety
Better road safety in South Africa is extremely important; as there are thousands of deaths on our roads every year. The amount of accidents and deaths soar every year during the Easter and December holidays, but road safety should be a part of every day. Here are some basic road safety tips to keep in mind when you venture onto the roads.
Drivers and pedestrians must follow the rules of the road. This sounds simple enough, but there are many who break the rules to disastrous results.
Wear your seatbelt and place children in appropriate car seats to ensure their safety. Airbags are designed to work with seatbelts, not to replace them, so you still need to wear your seatbelt if your car has airbags.
Don’t drive when you are exhausted or intoxicated. You can always make use of a taxi service when you go out to ensure that you get home safely.
Never ever drive when you have consumed too much alcohol.
Vehicles should be roadworthy at all times. Be sure to have your car checked before you drive long distances or go on holiday.
5 Electronic Devices
Don’t use your cell, tablet or other devices while you are driving or walking.
When traveling with children, it is important to keep them seated safely in a vehicle. Try putting on CDs or playing an audiobook when you’re on a long trip. You can also give them board games or colouring books. When you are walking with children, hold their hands when you cross the road. This will not only keep them from running ahead (or being left behind on a busy street), but also make them more visible as motorists can more easily spot an adult than a child. Children should also be taught how to cross a road safely.
It is better to arrive somewhere a few minutes late than to cause an accident.
By keeping these road safety tips in mind, you can better ensure your safety – and the safety of those around you – when you travel.