N Cape ups traffic watch this festive season

2013-11-27 09:13

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Pretoria – If your December road trip is taking you through the Northern Cape this festive season, best keep your eyes peeled for men with cameras and breathalysers.

Road safety activities and law enforcement will be focused specifically on the R31 between Kimberley and Barkley West and the N12 between Warrenton and Hopetown, as these roads are notorious for a high accident rate.

Here are a few tips to ensure your stay safe and fine-free this festive season:

Pre-journey Safety Checks are essential: Vital car checks include: Vehicle tire pressure; the condition of the lights and brakes; checking the windscreen for cracks and making sure windscreen wipers are effective; and checking fluid levels (oil, water). Steering, exhaust system and shocks should also be examined for faults.

Allow time for rest stops: It is important to take safety breaks at rest stops every 2 hours or 200km. By resting enough along the route drivers will be able to remain focused.

Stick to the speed limits: 
 Stay within the speed limit at all times. Many people don’t know this but by driving fast especially on highways, aerodynamic drag forces an engine to work harder and use more fuel so by simply decreasing your speed, you can increase your fuel economy by as much as 20%. 

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