THE Easter holidays are upon us and many people will be taking to the roads for their holidays and religious celebrations.
During this period, the roads are very busy, which increases the potential risk of car accidents.
Last year, former Transport minister Joe Maswanganyi announced that 235 people died on South African roads over the 2017 Easter holidays, with KwaZulu-Natal seeing the highest increase in fatal accidents on the road, increasing from 28 to 59 people during the Easter period.
Maswanganyi announced that in total, there was a 51% increase in accidents over 2016’s figures countrywide.
There are three important tips that ever driver should apply when driving on the roads, especially now that more drivers will be on the roads, including drunk drivers.
Founder and director of South Africans Against Drunken Driving Caro Smit said: “ One of the most important things every single person in a vehicle has to do is buckle up.
“Many people are not using their seat belts.” Smit described how there are three crashes that happen when an accident occurs on the roads.
Firstly, the crash between the cars, secondly the crash between you and your car and thirdly the crash when your organs hit each other.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
“This is known by everyone — never drink and drive, period.
“If you will be drinking, get someone to pick you up or arrange for an Uber ride,” said Smit.
“So many crashes are preventable but we have such a high accident death rate in the country.
“People should drive safely and be focused these holidays.
“So much is happening on the roads so it is important that you re always present when driving,” added Smit. -Fever Reporter