How do you contribute to road accidents?

We all know that taxis are a major concern on our roads; their lawlessness is well documented on the news and social media. However, what about the rest of us?

We travel far distances to work and back every day, and by the time we reach our destinations, we’ve accumulated a fair amount of frustration. You’re driving 120km/h in the fast lane (which is the law) and the oke behind you is sitting on your rear end because you’re not driving fast enough; the emergency lane is just another lane on the highway for those “special” commuters.

We sit on someone’s rear end because it’s our spot. What about the oke who decides to start turning into your lane and simply ignores your existence? The truck trying to get into the next lane and everyone dismissing his flicker; blocking an intersection because traffic is backing up but you need to also get in there; skipping red lights and stop streets; and the list goes on. Not to justify or condone any taxi lawlessness, but we are just as guilty.

What if, and let’s think about this objectively and with an open mind, we were to abide by the rules of the road? What if we kept a safe following distance, we stuck to the speed limit, we gave that truck a chance, we don’t allow emergency lane driving, we don’t push in front of people illegally?

What if we respected and were mindful of our fellow commuters? There could potentially be far less accidents; you could be saving someone’s life by forcing other commuters to abide by the rules of the road, but also at the same time, keep yourself in check by not being “that guy”. If we could have a mindshift, maybe the poor oke who got smashed and grabbed and beaten on Malibongwe would have a hero by his side because his fellow commuters would have his “six”.

The aggression and disrespect we have towards each other is compounding the problem. Can we replace swearing with smiling, can we replace foul sign language with blowing a kiss? We know some taxi drivers are lawless, but for a second, consider giving those who do abide by the rules a chance. But why don’t we?

The next time you start your journey to your desired destination, consider your fellow commuters; be mindful of their frustrations, and don’t be “that guy”. 

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