Negotiate Mountain Passes with Care

The prevalence of fatal accidents occurring over mountain passes over the festive season is rife, and something that the AA warns motorists of on an annual basis. There are particular passes on busy roads that motorists need to be aware of.

Increased road accidents over the years at Van Reenen’s pass on the N3 has highlighted the risks associated with negotiating mountain passes; with the increased traffic volumes this holiday season, the AA urges motorists to be aware of the risks when negotiating these mountain passes.

The AA has highlighted that being aware of the risks mountain passes pose can reduce the accident rate and have listed the following ways in which this can be done:

  • Be aware of reduced visibility
  • Be aware of loose debris caused by rock slides
  • Reduce speed because there are sharp corners and it takes longer to stop on loose surfaces or steep gradients
  • Apply brakes in a straight line before entering a bend
  • Mist and fog is often present so keep your headlights on at all times
  • Ensure your car is roadworthy and your tyres are in good condition

“Motorists need to be patient and respect other road users travelling slowly, they are being safe and don’t need to be harassed,” says the AA. “The AA has been involved in road safety for over 75 years and every year we try to do as much as we can to keep motorists safe regardless of the time of year,” adds the AA.

“Tired drivers can be compared to drunk drivers when it comes to judgment and driving performance. Many drivers that work night shifts have a poor sleep regime and are motivated by kilometer incentives from their companies and are not trained in managing fatigue properly.

“As part of our commitment to driver safety we have integrated government legislation around Health and Safety into our policies and made it compulsory for our drivers to attend Defensive Driving and Fatigue Management courses to reduce the number of accidents on the road”, concludes the AA.

Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
011 799 1126

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