Be a con­si­de­ra­te and sa­fe ro­ad u­ser

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

South A­fri­cans spend a lot of ti­me on the ro­ad. W­het­her tra­vel­ling to and from work in a car, com­mu­ting via pu­blic trans­port, ri­ding a bi­ke, or as pe­de­stri­ans - we’re on the ro­ad e­very day, says the Au­to­mo­bi­le As­so­ci­a­ti­on (AA). This is one of the main re­a­sons t­hey ar­gue we need to work to­wards fos­te­ring mu­tu­al re­spect and re­spon­si­bi­li­ty on the ro­ad du­ring tra­vel­ling.

The as­so­ci­a­ti­on gi­ves the­se fi­ve tips to ma­ke our ro­ads sa­fer:

Don’t use a cel­lp­ho­ne whi­le tra­vel­ling. This is by far the e­a­siest to im­ple­ment, but al­so the most ig­no­red of all. W­het­her you’re dri­ving or wal­king, put that pho­ne a­way and con­cen­tra­te on the ro­ad and sur­roun­dings.

Be a­wa­re of the sur­roun­dings. If you’re on the ro­ad, look out for cars, cy­clis­ts, mo­tor­cy­cles and pe­de­stri­ans, es­pe­ci­al­ly at nig­ht. Look out for ob­jects lying on the ro­ad such as shred­ded ty­res or i­tems that may ha­ve fal­len off the backs of vehi­cles.

Pay at­ten­ti­on be­hind the w­heel. Dis­tracting be­ha­vi­our in­clu­de ap­plying ma­ke-up, e­a­ting or chan­ging ra­dio sta­ti­ons. Check blind spots, es­pe­ci­al­ly w­hen chan­ging la­nes.

Re­spect the s­peed li­mit. In ge­ne­ral, t­hey are 60km on ur­ban ro­ads; 80km on ru­ral ro­ads and 120km on highways. Ig­no­ring the s­peed li­mit puts li­ves at risk and af­fects re­acti­on ti­me, le­a­ving you a lot less ti­me to bra­ke.

Be smart, don’t ta­ke sil­ly ris­ks. Dri­ving un­der the in­flu­en­ce of al­co­hol or d­rugs, not we­a­ring a se­at belt (e­ven as a pas­sen­ger) and not u­sing child car se­ats or child re­straints are ris­ks that should be a­voi­ded.

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