Last year over the Easter holiday period, 28 March to 1 April 2013, 241 people were killed on South Africaís roads. This figure went up from the 217 lives lost in 2012 and 151 in 2011. As with the December holidays, the expected high volume of traffic over the Easter Holiday period will bring with it an equally high number of road accident fatalities.
If there's one thing we can say about ourselves as drivers it's that our expectations of other drivers are high. We expect flawless driving, 100% road worthiness and absolute dedication to road safety from others. But our own bar is usually set somewhat lower. After all, we're good drivers, aren't we?
With recent changes in our weather patterns and flooding due to heavy rains across the country, all road users need to be extra vigilant and patient on the roads. Poor visibility and reduction in road holding are some of the biggest problems.
A dealer would have public liability insurance to cover them for any damage that might occur during a test drive. Alternatively the dealer may request a prospective customer to sign an acknowledgment of consent to liability, ie. the customer accepts responsibility should the vehicle be damaged whilst the customer is test driving.
Further heavy rains and localized flooding expected to persist in places over the north-eastern and eastern parts of South Africa. During the past week, the north-eastern parts of the country have been experiencing heavy rains which led to flooding in many places.