With the Easter weekend (2 April 2021 – 4 April 2021) upon us, we can expect high traffic volumes, as many of us will be on the roads heading to holiday spots, or visiting family and friends all over the country, albeit within the regulation pertaining to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Regulations and Guidelines.
We urge all citizens to take the safety of your family into your own hands this holiday period and use these handy tips to help make your journey as safe as possible.
Before planning your trip, please take into consideration these important dates, as the roads will be busy during this period:
- Easter Weekend: 2 April 2019 – 4 April 2019
- Freedom Day: 27 April 2021
- Workers Day: 01 May 2021
Before your trip
Many people will be making use of private or public transport services to get home or to their holiday destinations this Easter. Here are some tips on taking the necessary precautions whether you are behind the steering wheels of the vehicle or not:
On the road
- Always make sure you and your passengers are wearing their safety belts.
- Keep a safe following distance, this will give you enough time to react in case of an emergency.
- Always check your blind spot before changing lanes, even when driving on a road that seems deserted.
- Always be cautious when approaching a railway crossing. Be sure to slow down and proceed only when it’s safe to do so.
- Before undertaking a journey consult your doctor to find out if your medication can cause side effects like drowsiness.
- Stay alert and keep an eye on what’s happening around you.
- Always be prepared. Carry an emergency kit with items that would come in handy if you’re stranded on the side of the road or involved in a vehicle accident.
- Try to recognise potentially dangerous drivers and pedestrians along the road and keep well clear of them.
- Be on the lookout for obstructions like potholes or animals, which often stray into the road, especially in rural areas.
- Be cautious when driving alone and avoid stopping in remote areas.
- Remain alert to any areas that might present a threat of criminal activity such as hijackings and smash-and-grabs.
Things to avoid while driving
- Never drink and drive. Find out more about the blood/alcohol limit.
- Avoid distractions while driving. For example, install a hands-free kit in your car instead of using your cell phone.
- Don’t continue your journey if you’re feeling tired. Take leg-stretch breaks every two hours or 200km.
- Avoid driving at or after sundown, especially when there are rain/dust storms which cause poor visibility.
- Never disobey road signs. Stay within the speed limits at all times.
- Always place your valuables such as cell phones and wallets in the boot of your car.
- Always make sure that there are no foreign objects in the vehicle that can cause the obstruction of driving or evasive actions should there be an emergency.
Some more emergency numbers:
- Police Flying Squad: 10111
- Ambulance: 10177
- Crime Stop: 08600 10111
- Cell phone Emergency: 112 (MTN, Vodacom and Cell C)
- ER24: 084 124
- Netcare: 082 911
- National Traffic Call Centre Number: 0861 400 800
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