Test vehicle conditions free of charge

2017-12-14 06:01

Nelson Mandela Bay residents are welcome to take their vehicles for a free safety check at the Sidwell Traffic Department’s Roadworthy Testing Centre in Cresswell Street this week.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Director of Traffic and Licensing, Warren Prins, said the free check will give residents peace of mind before they take on long distances.

“It is also in line with our road safety plan to ensure that we curb accidents on our roads due to defective vehicles.

“We are extending this courtesy to the community to ultimately ensure that they travel safely and return in good spirits.

“The tests will be done during the week until Friday from 08:00 until 18:00 every day,” said Prins.

Please note even though all the major mechanisms of vehicles are checked, the safety check is not the same as a roadworthy test.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security, Councillor John Best, wished residents an enjoyable journey and a safe return.

“Please maintain the correct following distance, take regular stops to freshen up and don’t exceed the speeding limit,” MMC Best said.

There’s nothing quite as exciting as getting ready for a well-deserved holiday with your loved ones.

You’ve checked your luggage, booked the accommodation but sometimes the most critical item is often overlooked until the last minute - have you checked your car?

Here are some more holiday tips from MasterDrive before you take the road:

• Have your car serviced and given a proper safety check up

• Map out your trip

• Take regular breaks (at least one every two hours) and pull over as soon you feel tired

• Share the driving if possible

• Never drink alcohol, not even small amounts or during a trip

• Stay within the speed limit and always choose an appropriate speed

• Make sure all passengers wear appropriate seatbelts or child restraints - including pets

• Avoid distractions – don’t use mobile phones and keep young passengers occupied with games for children when driving.

• If driving refrain from using your cell phone – even if it is hands free – as it is a distraction

• Keep an adequate following distance – 3 to 4 seconds behind the vehicle in front

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