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2010-07-03 12:57

The soccer World Cup has brought with it an increased number of

cars on the road.

This means the chances of you being involved in a car accident with

a tourist are higher.

Car rental firm, Avis, says it has a fleet of 17 000 cars, 14 000

of which are on the road and being driven mostly by tourists during this World


This figure is in addition to the 8.5 million cars that are on our

national roads.

Alexander Forbes Risk and Insurance warns that these visiting

motorists are not used to our infrastructure and driving conditions, making them

more likely to cause accidents.

Gari Dombo, managing director at Alexander Forbes risk and

insurance, says some of the visiting motorists are accustomed to driving on the

right-hand side of the road and spend a lot of time navigating unfamiliar places

in South Africa. These two factors increase the likelihood of them causing


Dombo advises that an accident with a foreigner should not be

treated differently but that local motorists need to remain calm on the


Dombo says language differences may require motorists to exercise

more patience than ­usual.

He says motorists who have insurance cover for their vehicles

should not be worried about the possibility of failing to locate the tourist

after the World Cup.

“Details that motorists must seek

from the visiting motorist will simply assist the

insurance company in their investigation. Get all the necessary ­information and

the forwarding ­address. The passport details are

also important as well as the car registration details,” Dombo says.

Avis chief executive Wayne Duvenage says they are hiring out mainly

automatic cars to tourists to try and reduce accident levels.

“Motorists should have less rage on the roads and they should

provide for additional time to reach their destinations,” he says.

Fortunately, there appears to have been fewer accidents on our


The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says motorists

­appear to have been more tolerant ­during the first three weeks of the World


The RTMC is an agency of the ­national transport department

established to enforce road ­regulations.

“Motorists have been law ­abiding. We trust that motorists will

continue to exercise this ­culture even after the visitors have returned home,”

says ­RTMC spokesperson Ashref ­Ismail.

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