Top road tips to keep you safe in the hol­i­days

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE VERVE - Trav­el­ling Driv­ing Rules of the Road

WHETHER you are trav­el­ling across South Africa or en­joy­ing time out on home ground, it is al­ways good to make trav­el­ling as safe as pos­si­ble for ev­ery­one us­ing the road.

“We fo­cus on pro­mot­ing mak­ing the road safe for all users – from cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans to pas­sen­gers and driv­ers, by en­cour­ag­ing vig­i­lance and cau­tion on the road,” says Eugene Beck, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Road­Cover.

Here are im­por­tant road tips to help make sure you ar­rive safely at your des­ti­na­tion.

Whether you are trav­el­ling near or far, al­ways keep the fol­low­ing in mind:

Plan your route: know where you are go­ing and how to get there. This will avoid con­fu­sion and keep you out of harm’s way when us­ing a GPS or smart phone.

Car main­te­nance: check your tyre pres­sure, car lev­els such as wa­ter, oil and brake fluid and clean your wind­screen. Make sure your ve­hi­cle is road­wor­thy and that the sched­uled ser­vices are up to date.

Self-main­te­nance: Be­fore em­bark­ing on your trip make sure you have enough sleep and never drink un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Prac­tise de­fen­sive driv­ing. This means study­ing the road con­di­tions as well as your sur­round­ings such at ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans and any po­ten­tial ob­sta­cles such as road works, a sta­tionery ve­hi­cle or even pot­holes.

Be­ing aware of your sur­round­ings will help you re­act in time, which can of­ten mean avoid­ing an ac­ci­dent.

It is im­por­tant to keep in mind that there are many peo­ple us­ing the road: driv­ers, pedes­tri­ans, cy­clists and mo­tor­bikes.

We all share the road with each other and re­spect­ing the rules of the road is im­por­tant for us all and can play a sig­nif­i­cant role in keep­ing the road safe for all users.

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