5 basic safety trips to be aware of when driving


With South African school children slowly starting to return to the classroom, this will result in more traffic on the roads in addition to motorists who have already returned to the office. 

As schools and businesses around the country re-open, it is worth reminding ourselves that while we are all focused on minimising our risk of contracting Covid-19, we shouldn’t forget about other everyday dangers either, says Bertus Visser, Chief Executive of Distribution at PSG Insure. 

Visser says: "The possibilities of an accident or crime are high as we face dark mornings and overcast, rainy days ahead. Here are some practical tips to help keep safety on track during the transition to normal."

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Visser focuses on several tips, such as being aware of your surroundings and looking out for suspicious characters in the vicinity. 

With winter in full swing, the mornings are darker and this should remind one to be vigilant. Crime can happen to even the most cautious and valuable items should not be visible if left in a vehicle. 

With more and more motorists back on the road it has become clear how many people are distracted by their mobile phones. A reminder that's an illegal activity to talk on your mobile and drive. 

The call to dump distractions is called by Visser who says: "We all need to be a little extra careful out there, especially in school districts and if the roads are wet. Drive slower too, even if the roads are not congested. Make it a rule to avoid texting or talking on your cell phone while driving. Beyond it being against the law, it is a bad habit that can easily be prevented."

As the economy opens up, there are more cars on the road and this means more traffic congestion. The right thing to do is pass on good habits and allow for more time to get to where you need to be is a good idea, irrespective of your driving experience level. 

And lastly brush up on your basic safety , whether it is when you're going for a jog or driving early in the morning. If you're out for a run, wear reflective clothing in order for a car's headlights to notice you and if you're driving early in the morning remember to turn on your headlights.

Compiled by Sean Parker

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