ROAD SAFETY TIPS

By Morné Joseph

CEO:  AT-HOME SECURITY AND ASSET PROTECTION

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Festive season (Easter weekend and December holidays) has become familiar for happy moments where people visit families and friends far and wide, as well as go away on holidays. During this busy season the risk of being in an accident increase immediately. Statistic show people are losing their lives almost on a daily basis.

The question arise: WHY ARE THERE SO MANY ACCIDENTS OVER THIS PERIOD?

There are various reasons, below we outline a few reasons that are causes to the death toll rising over festive season:

1. SPEEDING
When you speed you lose a percentage of your control. Everything becomes faster and reactions slower. When you drive in cruise control your reaction to the pedals and control over the vehicle lesson by 2 to 3 seconds. Your body travel the same speed as the vehicle, so imagine when a sudden crash occures, the impact the speed have if your body hit anything.

2. DRINKING AND DRIVING
Drinking and driving normally goes hand in hand with speeding. What is the consequences here? Yes, people can make accidents when they are sober, but when you are under the influence of alcohol you get labelled a murderer if you kill an innocent driver or pedestrian.
You run the risk of damaging your car, hitting pavements, driving off mountains, swerving over the road, drive with your lights off at night, falling asleep at traffic lights, driving in the wrong lane endangering others and even for your own safety, getting robbed or hijacked. Finally you end up with a criminal record and possible drivers’ license expanded. The legal limit in terms of an alcohol breath sample is 0,24mg/l, but we advise to rather finish your journey before taking a drink or make use of designated drivers.

3. FATIGUE
Resting forms a very important part of your journey. Make sure you get enough sleep. At least 8 hours before you tackle a long trip. Sleep is something that creeps up on you. You THINK you are fine to drive and the next moment you open your eyes in the wrong lane. Your family in the vehicle don’t know that you are tired, but you do…. So when you are tired, respect yourself and your family enough to sleep or at least rest during your journey. Many accidents and deaths occurred because of drivers falling asleep. Common victims in this instance are taxi drivers and truck drivers – long distance business without sleep overs and at the end of the day it is passengers who pay with their lives.  We advise motorist to rest every two hours when travelling for long distances. It help to keep the mind afresh etc. and beware of your surroundings when travelling.

4. NOT ROAD WORTHY VEHICLES
Any vehicle with a defect can become a killing machine on the road. Long or short distance. No difference. Check your tyre threads, wheel pressures, oil levels, wheel alignments, etc.  Insure your trailers are properly hooked to your vehicle. Rather do a thorough check on your vehicle before your load your most valuable assets. YOUR FAMILY.

We wish you a safe journey this festive season and a positive, successful and fresh 2019.

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