MIRAC­U­LOUS

Car (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - LANCE JOU­BERT Krugers­dorp

I’m a firm be­liever that mir­a­cles still hap­pen. Ev­ery day, mil­lions of cars, trucks, buses and mo­tor­cylists pass one another, trav­el­ling at speeds of up to 120 km/h or more, in op­po­site di­rec­tions with lit­er­ally only a few me­tres be­tween them. If one has to think about it, it’s pretty scary. Driv­ing is sec­ond na­ture for many of us and we all as­sume we’re go­ing to ar­rive at our re­spec­tive des­ti­na­tions alive. Hav­ing per­son­ally driven in ex­cess of one mil­lion kilo­me­tres through­out Africa and see­ing some of the car­nage on our roads has scarred me.

The ma­jor­ity of mo­torists have mo­bile phones and, from what I’ve seen, a large num­ber of them use these phones while they drive. Our choices come with con­se­quences. There are an abun­dance of places where, if you re­ally need/have to make a call, you can stop safely and do so.

I take my hat off to the com­pa­nies that have in­vested large sums of money to spread the mes­sage that you must be re­spon­si­ble when con­tem­plat­ing get­ting be­hind the wheel of a ve­hi­cle.

Per­haps con­sider con­tribut­ing to the mir­a­cles that hap­pen on our roads ev­ery day, be aware and fo­cused. We se­ri­ously need to make a life-chang­ing de­ci­sion. It may just be in that split sec­ond, when we look down to type the next char­ac­ter, that our car may strike a pedes­trian, a cy­clist, a mo­tor­cylist, a mo­torist, a bar­rier or a traf­fic light. Re­mem­ber: death is cer­tain; life is not.

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