Pledge to stay safe on the road this festive season and you could win a CAR!

By admin
28 November 2016

Read these road safety tips and pledge to #StopTheCarnage – and you could win a brand new Chevrolet Spark!

December is holiday time and in South Africa that means sun, sea and road trips. By now, many people will already have bought their new flip-flops and swimming costumes.

But how many people have planned their road trips to and from the destination? The death toll on SA's roads every year is devastating -- a horrifying 1755 perished in road accidents between 1 December 2015 to 11 January 2016.

So YOU, TendoPro and Chevrolet want to do something about it. Read the road safety tips and fill out the form below to pledge to #StopTheCarnage -- and you could win a brand new Chevrolet Spark! What's your top safety driving tip? Tweet @YOUmagazine and @TendoPro using the hashtag #StopTheCarnage Scroll down to sign the pledge and enter the draw 15220002_691617457672385_4983547728053097951_n The Automobile Association (AA) offers these tips for festive travellers:

1. Plan your trip

Always know how you are going to get there. It is no fun getting lost on your way to holiday. Also make sure you know if you are travelling on a tolled road and make provision for this. To calculate the cost of the tolls on your trip or for a great route planner for your journey visit www.aa.co.za.

2. Check your car before you leave

One thing worse than getting lost is getting stuck. If your car, or any of its major components, breaks, your holiday is likely to be ruined. Remember also that if you are two hours from any destination in South Africa, so is help. It’s important to check your vehicle thoroughly before a long trip. Some of the items to tick off include:

  • Tyres (including the spare) and  brakes
  • Headlights and brake lights
  • Indicators
  • Wiper blades
  • Steering

3. Follow the rules of the road

Don’t speed, buckle up, pay attention, and don’t drive drunk. When driving long distances there may be stretches of single lane traffic and many drivers take unnecessary chances when overtaking other vehicles. Make sure you are legally allowed to overtake (is there a solid white line or not) and always check if it is safe to do so. Many crashes are caused by motorists who don’t judge the overtaking distance well enough or who overtake when they are not allowed to (at a bend, for instance).

4. Buckling up is not just for the driver

All passengers in a vehicle should be buckled up. Remember, all the passengers in a vehicle are the driver’s responsibility. As of 1 April 2015 any children under the age of three are legally required to travel in an SABS approved car seat. If you are travelling with a baby under three, ensure you have a proper, legal car seat for them and secure it according to the instructions provided.  Older children will require a booster seat which is also SABS approved.

5. Don’t get distracted

A major contributor to car crashes is driver distraction; the driver is focussed on something other than the road ahead. Examples include talking or texting on a cellphone, turning around to talk to passengers in the back seat, eating while driving or reading while driving. In South Africa talking or texting while driving is illegal and in some provinces the cellphones of drivers who are caught using them while driving are impounded by traffic officials. For your and your passenger’s safety (and the safety of other road users) put your cellphone away and wait until you stop to use it.

6. Stop regularly

A long journey will make you tired so it is advisable to stop every two hours or 200 kilometres to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and use the bathroom. If you feel you are too tired to drive any further stop and rest for a while before continuing. Rather get to your destination a little later than not at all. This may also be a good time for you and your family to overnight somewhere different, off the beaten track, and experience something a little different on your way to your destination.

7. Maintain a safe following distance

If the car in front of you stops immediately, will you have enough time to stop before crashing into them? This is a critical question you need to ask when driving in traffic, especially at higher speeds. Always keep a safe following distance of at least two seconds on the car in front of you (six if you are towing another vehicle). Pick a spot on the road in front of you and count after the car in front of you passes it. You should pass that same spot after two (or six) seconds.

8. Towing another vehicle

If you are towing another vehicle (a trailer or a caravan, for instance) ensure that this vehicle is also in a good working condition. Make sure all the wheels and axles are in good shape and that the body work is sound. Also make sure the electric components such as the brake lights and indicators are working properly and check them after every stop. Remember too, that when towing another vehicle it will take you longer to stop and your fuel consumption will be higher. Also make sure you have spare tyres for the vehicles you are towing.

9. Don’t drink and drive – drink OR drive

Drinking and driving don’t mix. Ever. If you have been drinking, don’t drive (and this includes while you are on holiday). If you are at your destination and want to drink but also want to use your car, contact the AA’s Designated Driver service (www.aa.co.za) who will make sure you and your car get home safely. Remember that the legal limit for alcohol use is 0.05, which translates to one or two units of alcohol. Also remember to not let friends drive drunk.

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