“I’M ALLOWED TO PROTECT MYSELF”
I refer to the article about bull bars in the June issue and would like to share my thoughts.
If you look at the conditions on our roads, I would seriously consider putting a bull bar on my Ford Ranger. Everyone has the right to protect their property.
I see a bull bar as an item that will lessen damage to my vehicle if I’m in an accident.
Just look at the roads in the Pongola area. There are no fences next to the road and animals walk around freely. The same goes for the Klerksdorp area. On the N12 west there are no fences on either side of the road and cattle and goats walk across the road. You also have to be careful in the north. There are quite a few game farms and reserves and a kudu will think nothing of jumping over a high fence.
These things aren’t relevant in, say, Europe. The biggest (moving) danger are pedestrians and maybe a dog or two. So having a bull bar there doesn’t make sense. The authorities must first do their bit and also put up fences to protect law-abiding road users. Then someone can point a finger and say I’m not allowed to protect my vehicle with a bull bar. Regarding hitting a pedestrian with a bull bar: Why should my vehicle sustain more damage without a bull bar when I adhere to the rules of the road and an irresponsible pedestrian doesn’t?
LEON COETZEE Centurion