Friday, December 9, 2011

Safety on the Roads


Every year Arrive Alive wishes road users a safe happy festive season and shares some suggestions on how to maintain safety on our roads. We urge all members and readers to please take heed of the following Arrive Alive pointers:
  1. Obey the rules of the road and carry you drivers license with you.
  2. Plan the route to your holiday destination and give your self enough time to reach the destination
  3. Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure. All lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
  4. Do not overload.
  5. Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.
  6. Have a good rest before you embark on your journey
  7. Take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200km
  8. Do not drink and drive
  9. Try to recognize potentially dangerous drivers on and pedestrians alongside the road and keep well clear of them
  10. Be visible – drive with your lights on
  11. Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.
  12. Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
  13. Drive defensively
  14. Stay within the speed limit at all times
  15. Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so
  16. Maintain at least a 2 second following distance - this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
  17. Expect others not to be as obedient to the law as yourself
  18. Be courteous towards fellow road users - keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate
Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager

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