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Keeping Safe: On the Road

Road safety


Our cars give us a false sense of security. We assume that we are protected by a mass of metal, when in fact it doesn't take much speed or negligence to cause serious damage and the loss of lives. Slow down, drive responsibly and always remember the following simple guidelines on the road.

What are the Main Causes of Car Crashes?

Some of the leading causes of accidents and deaths on our roads are:

  • Drinking under the influence of alcohol and/or other narcotics.
  • Using a cell phone to make or answer a call, including texting while driving.
  • Speeding, which often leads to the loss of control of a vehicle.
  • Unroadworthy vehicles.
  • Driver fatigue (tiredness).
  • Unfit drivers. This includes unlicensed drivers and anyone who drives in a dangerous and incompetent manner.

Before You Start Your Engine

Before driving off, ensure that your car is in a roadworthy condition:

  • Make sure that your brakes, lights and windscreen wipers are in a working condition.
  • Ensure that your tyres have sufficient tread and air in them.
  • Service your car before taking holiday drives and roadtrips.

What Should I Remember While Driving?

  • Always be alert and on the look out for pedestrians and reckless drivers.
  • Maintain a steady speed, with a safe following distance, remembering that the faster you go, the longer it takes to stop the car.
  • You should always wear your safety belt, which has been known to reduce fatalities.
  • Never cut in front of vehicles to change lanes or dodge traffic.
  • Use your indicators well in advance when overtaking or switching lanes.
  • Be polite towards fellow road users.
  • Take regular pit stops on long-distance journeys to remain alert and avoid fatigue.

*View the Western Cape Safely Home website.
*Find out how to drive efficiently.

The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014