TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE
• Approach any intersection with care, taking a quick glance in the rear-view mirror to determine the distance and speed of the car following you.
• Do not rush for a green light. Will you be able to stop safely if it suddenly changed to amber?
• Beware of a “stale green” light and be prepared to slow down since it is likely to change to amber any second.
• Be even more careful at a ‘fresh’ green light. A light that has just turned green for you means it has just turned red for side traffic. In South Africa, it has become almost fashionable that red is the new amber, since we see drivers jumping red lights with impunity every day.
• When you are occupying the front-line as the light turns green, check both sides before proceeding. This point can’t be emphasised enough.
• Beware of cyclists and pedestrians at intersections, especially when giving them the right-of-way. Ensure the car behind you doesn’t overtake you, thereby unnecessarily endangering their lives. • Always stop in such a way that you can see the wheels of the car in front of you. In this way, you will have an escape route, to the left or right, if the car in front gets into any trouble.