Tips for staying Safe on the Road
What is Defensive driving?
It is said that approx 90% of all road traffic accidents in South Africa is caused by driver error.
While some of these accidents might be caused by a loss of concentration or mistakes made by drivers, many are a result of reckless or unlawful driving. In order to protect yourself from the dangerous or reckless drivers you encounter on the road, it is necessary for you to adjust your driving behaviours, remain aware of weather conditions, other road users and situations on the road, and learn skills and techniques that will protect you from these situations, reducing your risk on the road.
Use Signal lights
Using signal lights warns other drivers that you want to change lanes. This allows them to be prepared for your next move, avoiding an unnecessary accident.
Be a defensive driver
Be observant of other drivers. Always check blind spots and keep a good distance from other cars, it gives drivers more reaction time should something go wrong.
Avoid in car distractions
Do NOT text and drive, drivers who text while driving are 23x more likely to have an accident. The text will still be there when you have reached your destination safely.
Always follow the posted speed limit. Speeding is hazardous, especially for new drivers. If driving at night, in bad weather, or high traffic volume, consider driving below the speed limit.