Drive smart in Cup time

2010-06-04 10:59

The world’s biggest sporting festival kicks off on Friday and most

visitors from across the world have already landed.

Adjusting to the increased traffic ­volume may prove challenging as

many visitors might not have experienced driving on the left-hand side of the

road, let alone finding their way on our cities’ streets. Here are some helpful

road tips for ­motorists during the World Cup:

For

visitors

  • Get a map book or GPS ­navigation device and

    plan your routes.

  • Familiarise yourself with your vehicle’s

    instruments (e.g. indicators, headlamps and wipers) and take note when

    ­refuelling: most rental cars are fairly new and use high octane unleaded

    petrol. Larger vehicles like minibuses (people ­carriers) and 4x4s use diesel.

  • Always remember to drive on the ­left-hand side of the road.

  • Make sure you have your valid ­driver’s

    ­licence with you at all times.

  • Wear your seat belt and

    make sure younger children are strapped in securely.

  • Never talk on a mobile phone without using a

    hands-free kit – there are hefty fines for this offence.

  • Road signs will indicate speed limits. These

    are: 120km/h on open roads, 100km/h on smaller roads and usually 60km/h in towns

    and residential areas.

  • Avoid following

    minibus taxis too closely as they stop erratically to pick up or drop off

    passengers.

  • Give way to pedestrians

    when ­turning left or right at traffic lights and proceed with caution at zebra

    crossings.

  • Drinking and driving is prohibited. The limit

    for drivers’ alcohol ­consumption is about one glass of wine for the average

    woman and 1.5 glasses for the average or large man.

Generally, this means waiting an hour after one glass, but

appointing a designated driver is always the best ­option.

  • Keep doors locked and windows up at

    intersections to avoid criminal activity such as “smash and grabs” or

    hijackings.

  • Do not stop at a tourist

    or secluded site if there is no-one else present.


Eco

driving

  • Change into the highest appropriate gear as

    quickly as you can then maintain a steady speed.

  • Driving at 120km/h uses up to 10% more fuel

    than driving at 100km/h.

  • Minimise the use of the

    ­air-conditioning system or heater to ­reduce fuel consumption.


For

local motorists

  • Be considerate and patient with the visitors

    who will be sharing our roads. They don’t know the roads as well as you do and

    many are not used to driving on the left-hand side of the road.

  • Be helpful to tourists who need ­directions.

  • Report any negligent or drunken ­driving by

    calling 10111 or informing ­on-duty metro police or traffic officials.

  • Remember that the way you treat tourists is a

    representation of your ­character and nationality so be nice.

 

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