Take rests and be patient, RTMC urges returning holidaymakers

By Drum Digital
03 January 2016

South Africa's roads are expected to be packed with holidaymakers taking the reluctant journey home on Sunday, many in extreme heat.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation has reminded drivers to be patient, not to overtake on a barrier line, and to stick to the speed limit during one of the busiest periods on the country's roads.

Watch out for pedestrians and don't answer your cellphone while driving, urged the RTMC.

It also reminded parents to strap their children in and to keep tiny tots in their baby seats and booster seats.

The SA Weather Service warned that it would be extremely hot and uncomfortable in some parts of the country on Sunday, especially parts of the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Western Cape traffic spokesperson Kenny Africa said drivers should leave early when it is cooler, if they can, and take regular stops - at least every 200km.

''Do more stops, get cold drinks, have a wet cloth in the car with you and be really awake,'' he said.

Passengers can help by keeping drivers engaged so that there is no danger of them nodding off.

The N3 Toll Concession tweeted that volumes were already high on Sunday morning towards Johannesburg, with around 1 500 vehicles passing the Mooi Plaza in KwaZulu-Natal.

Source: News24

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