For decades Gauteng drivers believed that Capetonians are always in cruise or "chill mode" and that those living in the Western Cape are slow drivers. The latter believe that Joburgers are hell-drivers, always speeding on highways.
Discovery Health has revealed the best drivers in the country through data collected via its Vitality driving rewards with over half a million members.
Nation's safest drivers
In its Road to a Healthier South Africa report, Capetonians are the nation’s safest drivers.
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Top cities: Data collected from 2016, 2017 and 2018:
Cape Town fares the best in driving behaviour across South African cities. When it comes to better driving, Durban fares the worst nationally – with their driving behaviour measuring 11% below the winning city, Cape Town. Cape Town is followed in order by Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria.
"The statistics are staggering. More than 5 million deaths could be avoided each year if people moved regularly. More than 1.25 million people die in road accidents every year – that’s 3 425 people a day. Added to this, between 20 and 50 million people suffer non-fatal injuries, and many become disabled. But, we can improve these statistics.
Professor Sebastian van As, Head of the Trauma Unit at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital said: "I could quote many stats on road accidents. They all boil down to one chilling fact: almost 90% are caused by bad driving behaviour – simple.
"We can’t control the behaviour of other road-users, but we can choose our own behaviour. This is where we must start if we want a safer, healthier South Africa."
South African roads rank among the most dangerous in the world, with a death toll of 22.5 for every 100 000 people.
Technology could save thousands of lives
Advances in technology have influenced many aspects of how we get active and drive. Technology could also be one of the best motivators to help us achieve the change in behavior that we so desperately need.
Ariely says: "If people know they should eat better, exercise more, take their medicine on time or drive safely, but cannot change their environment to support this, the odds are their behaviour will not change.