What are your ‘TOP 10’ golden rules of the road?
It’s always important to revisit the basics of road safety from time to time. South Africa still has a long way to go when it comes to reducing the number of fatal incidents on our roads. With April being a very busy time on South Africa’s roads due to school holidays, Easter celebrations and members of the ZCC heading north along the N1 to Moria, we thought it would beneficial to remind everyone of the TOP 10 golden rules of driver safety.
As an exercise though, before reading any further, what would your top 10 golden rules of the road be? Let’s see if you agree with our list.
Here are Oakhurst Insurance’s top 10 golden rules of the road:
1. Buckle up
Drivers and passengers should always wear a seatbelt. In South Africa it is also the law that every child under the age of three should be properly secured in a car seat. Wearing a seatbelt greatly reduces the chance of death or serious injury.
2. Respect The Rules Of The Road
Road rules are there for everyone and promote safety. Ignoring the rules of the road puts you and others at risk.
3. Obey The Speed Limit
It is a well-known fact that reducing vehicle speed would drastically reduce fatalities on our roads.
4. Check Your Tyres
Worn tyres are extremely dangerous and could cause severe damage if they burst or deflate. Always check your tyres for wear, the correct inflation and always include a spare.
5. Drive Sober
Driving drunk is extremely dangerous and illegal. This also puts your life and the lives of others at risk.
6. Protect Your Children
All children should be seated and buckled up. Younger children should be seated in car seats and secured properly for the journey, regardless of the distance.
7. Pay Attention
Distracted driving leads to less focus on the road and is extremely dangerous. Put your cell phone away and focus on the road. No call or text message is more important than your life or the lives of your passengers and other road users.
8. Stop When You Are Tired
Driving while tired has been compared to driving while drunk. If you are tired, stop and rest. It is advised that drivers should stop and rest at least every 200 km.
9. Wear A Helmet
If you are on a motorcycle or bicycle, be sure to always wear a helmet.
10. Be Courteous And Considerate
Courteous and considerate behaviour at all times should be a “given”.
Oakhurst Insurance wishes everyone safe travels over the Easter Holidays!