Keep Your Eyes on the Road
The festive season is officially upon us and for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, most people will be planning on spending it with loved ones and taking family holiday trips and this often requires long-distance driving.
According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, road fatalities spike at this time of the year and it is important that we follow the rules of the road to avoid any further road carnage, these road safety tips include the following tips:
- Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure. Check that all lights and indicators, windscreens, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, shock absorbers, exhaust system and tyres are in the correct condition before departure.
- While on your trip, take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200km.
- Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so.
- Be extra careful when it is raining, turn your headlights and windscreen wipers on. If there is a lot of fog, you should also decrease your speed, and keep a safe following distance. Keep your hazards on in severe weather conditions.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
Apart from road safety, during the festive season there are plenty of people who don’t have family members or loved ones to visit or spend the holiday season with. That is why it is important to show them that they are not alone by offering your help, such as cooking and serving meals to those who might not have access to them.
Volunteering over the festive season also helps one appreciate what they have. As a parent, volunteering also helps set a good example to other family members and children, it also helps you feel connected and part of a community.
Dates to Remember
1 December – World AIDS Day
5 December – International Volunteer Day