Stay alert and arrive alive

2006-12-08 18:53
Johannesburg - Stay alert on the roads during the holiday season and arrive alive, said the department of transport on Thursday.

"Holiday traffic demands more of drivers as they are more hurried than ever," said department of transport spokesperson Sam Monareng.

"Don't ever, not even for one moment, let your concentration weaken in the traffic situation."

The department offered the following tips for safe holiday driving:

- Plan your holiday route carefully, prepare for a longer journey in peak traffic, and do not start travelling when you are tired;

- On a long trip, stop to rest every two hours or after about every 200km, to improve concentration;

- Check your vehicles thoroughly before a long journey, especially the brakes, windshield wipers, indicators, tyre pressure, and oil and water levels;

- Do not drink any alcohol before or during the journey;

- Keep a safe following distance of at least two seconds from the vehicle in front of you;

- Only overtake other vehicles when it is safe - when there is no oncoming traffic, no solid white line or road traffic sign prohibiting overtaking, and not at crossings, blind rises and sharp turns;

- Switch on your headlights - not parking lights - especially when visibility is poor so that other drivers can see you;

- Watch out for pedestrians, as many cannot judge the distance and speed of vehicles so may decide to cross the road unexpectedly;

- Keep within the speed limit;

- Speed limits are maximum speeds, and if it is raining, misty or the road is crowded, reduce your speed;

- It is easier to avoid accidents if you drive more slowly, especially near pedestrians; and

- Drivers should respect pedestrians' right of way.

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