After reporting that 60% of national and provincial roads in South Africa were in very poor condition, the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) have listed some golden rules for motorists to observe before departing on their holiday this year.
“It is important to plan your trip and if you are aware of possible delays on a particular route or the general condition of the road you are about to travel on, driver frustration can be minimized because it will be expected. When traveling to remote areas, check with people at the point of destination what the expected road conditions you are likely to encounter and give them an approximate time of arrival – if you are delayed, let them know.
“Please be aware that the holiday season is a time when many more drivers and pedestrians tend to be on the roads under the influence of alcohol and it is for this reason that motorists can expect higher levels of law enforcement in this regard,” said the AASA.
The AA has listed the following guidelines to assist you on your journey and to help ensure you reach your destination safely:
Lights, indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust systems and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
“The rules of the road never change and every year we try and reinforce them.”
“There are far too many accidents on the roads every year, and by reinforcing the safety rules we hope to minimise the amount of road deaths and accidents,” says Ronald. “It is imperative that you look after your safety and the safety of your family this festive season,” concludes the AASA.