AA Safety tips
The Automobile Association (AA) calls on motorists to ensure their vehicles are in a good condition before setting off on their journey home after the holidays. Tyres, brakes, lights and overall engine condition should be reliable enough to bring you home safely.
The association says before leaving on a long journey, drivers should:
Get enough rest before embarking on the trip;
Share the driving responsibilities with other licensed drivers in the vehicle;
Stop every two hours, or 200km to stretch legs, get fresh air, or have something to eat;
Obey the speed limits;
Overtake only when it safe to do so, and there is no solid white line prohibiting this move;
Check that their vehicle is in good working condition, including the tyres, brakes, windscreen wipers (front and back), and lights;
Avoid using electronic devices while behind the wheel;
Ensure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up safely, including babies who, by law, must be in a car seat;
Keep children busy to avoid distractions for the driver;
Leave early to avoid the rush, but not so early that they are tired;
Don’t rush home; the target is safety, not speed ;
Look out for pedestrians, and other road users. Pedestrians make up around 40% of all deaths on our roads annually. Be vigilant, especially at dawn and dusk.
“Safer roads begin and end with the people who use them. With this in mind, we encourage every South African driver to make an effort to stay as safe as possible while behind the wheel, and to remember that getting to their destination a little later than planned is better than not getting there at all,” the AA concludes.
Keeping the kids happy and entertained is one trick to an easier homeward journey.