The Secret to Staying Calm on South African Roads

The Secret to Staying Calm on South African Roads

The Secret to Staying Calm on South African Roads

Driving can prove to be overwhelming for most of us. As many as 40% of drivers admit to shouting or getting agitated behind the wheel on a weekly basis, with a very angry 11.5% admitting to daily bouts of road rage.

As a lot of people’s plans for 2022 include hybrid work commutes, many will find themselves sharing the road with a lot of delivery vehicles, heavy freight, and cargo trucks, not to mention cash-in-transit vans. Moving through high volumes of traffic, which may increase your daily levels of stress.

It is important to stay focused on the road ahead and forget work or home worries when you’re behind the wheel. You never know what you might bump into unaware, and the last thing you want to do is create more problems for yourself.

This year you could be moving towards greener pastures. You might be looking forward to relocating to a new area and perhaps are excited to be exploring new and trending spots in the vicinity.

We wish you some memorable first drives in 2022 – provided you don’t pop into any unexpected potholes. Below are some road safety tips from Arrive Alive that you can implement to protect yourself and your loved ones.

  • Stick to the rules of the road and carry your driver’s licence with you at all times.
  • Plan routes and allow yourself enough time to reach the destination.
  • Try not to get stranded without fuel – Always plan fuel stops.
  • Also, plan rest stops along the way, especially if you are travelling with kids.
  • Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.
  • Expect others not to be as obedient to the law as yourself.
  • Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy – all lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults. Take your vehicle for a full check before embarking on your holiday travels!
  • Do not drink and drive. If you intend to consume alcohol, make alternative arrangements so you will not be behind the wheel, such as using a ride hail service.
  • Remain alert at all times and avoid Driver Distractions such as texting etc!
  • Be responsible for seatbelt wearing – Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
  • Infants and children under the age of 12 should travel in the back seat of a vehicle and should be buckled up, either in a car seat, booster seat or use the car’s seatbelt, depending on the age and weight of the child.
  • Infants between 0 months and one year of age, or up to 10kg in weight, should travel in a rear-facing car seat in the back of a car. In the event of an accident, the impact will be on the seat and not on the infant.
  • Drive defensively! Risk takers are collision makers!
  • Avoid all distractions -Keep both eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel!
  • Be visible – drive with your lights on!
  • Always obey speed limits.
  • Maintain at least a 3-second following distance – this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
  • Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate.
  • Be cautious when driving alone and avoid stopping in remote areas.
  • Remain alert to any areas that might present a threat of criminal activity such as hijackings and smash-and-grab.
  • Always place your valuables in the boot of your car and never leave items such as cell phones and wallets in open sight, unattended, or on the seat of a car.

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