Road safety tips for motorists this Easter weekend

On average, in South Africa, there are 200 road deaths over the Easter weekend period. Road safety is a major concern for traffic authorities as we approach this weekend's festivities, and it should be for you too. Here are some things to consider before you hit the road this year.

Expert tips for travelling safely this Easter:

Motoring journalists, Jacob Mashokoa and Ciro De Siena discuss safe driving habits, the impact of speed and the importance of taking breaks during long distance driving trips.

5 ways to be a responsible motorist:

  • If you have the choice, it is safer to drive in the day time.
  • Take as many breaks in between your travels as possible. Give yourself enough time and avoid travelling in a rush.
  • Familiarise yourself with your vehicle, and check that it has an anti-locking breaking system (ABS).
  • Do a proper five-point inspection of your vehicle before leaving home, it is reported that doing so reduces your risk of having an accident by 15%.
  • Service your vehicle if it is due for a major service or any repairs.

What's your average stopping distance?

With the help of a former national production car racer at the International Killarney Raceway, Eyewitness News tested a vehicle, driving at 120 kilometers per hour, to see what the braking distance needed would be. You might be surprised at the answer. Watch below:

How long would it have taken for you to stop? Eyewitness News has created an interactive tool to illustrate the misperceptions motorists can have when estimating their braking distance. Take the quick test that calculates the required stopping distance at the speed you are comfortable driving at.

How distracted driving can cause collisions

A brief moment is all that it takes for you to lose control of your vehicle. To illustrate this, here is a mash-up of videos, by the American Automobile Association, showing the effects of distracted driving:


This article first appeared on 702 : Road safety tips for motorists this Easter weekend


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
 It's not the 'race card', it's my reality - rugby journo Vata Ngobeni

It's not the 'race card', it's my reality - rugby journo Vata Ngobeni

Despite his credentials, rugby journalist Vata Ngobeni says he's always felt undermined in the world of rugby because he is black.

Don't shut Delft taxi rank, go after illegal operators - Blue Downs CPF

Don't shut Delft taxi rank, go after illegal operators - Blue Downs CPF

Suspected taxi violence has returned in Delft, where a taxi boss was shot and killed at the local taxi rank on Monday.

WC school for the deaf in need of financial aid after hostel blaze

WC school for the deaf in need of financial aid after hostel blaze

The principal has asked for aid in the form of financial contributions in order to help towards restoring the hostel building.

Binge-watching TV series could slowly ruin your health, study suggests

Binge-watching TV series could slowly ruin your health, study suggests

Overdosing on your favourite sitcom or reality show can weaken your immune system, according to this study.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters endorses the #LeadSA Road Safety Campaign.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters endorses the #LeadSA Road Safety Campaign.

Xolani Gwala spoke to Transport minister Dipuo Peters about illegal use of public roads and the #LeadSA Road Safety campaign.

How could we lower the carnage on our roads, South Africa?

How could we lower the carnage on our roads, South Africa?

John Robbie's thoughts on road safety in South Africa.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

The chilling call Henri van Breda made to emergency services on the night his mother, father and big brother were hacked to death.

SANDF soldier arrested for robbery on trial for attempted murder

SANDF soldier arrested for robbery on trial for attempted murder

Operations chief, General Barney Hlatshwayo's personal driver was arrested on Tuesday.

[WATCH] 'These thugs need to be arrested and rot in jail'- Bongani Bingwa

[WATCH] 'These thugs need to be arrested and rot in jail'- Bongani Bingwa

Bongani Bingwa shares his thoughts on the Panyaza Lesufi 'effigy' incident on Wednesday.

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Allon Raiz on “Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science behind Why Everything You Know about Success Is (Mostly) Wrong”.

Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family

Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family

Henri van Breda’s legal team presented its closing arguments in the Western Cape High Court.

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife says abuse allegations spread by EFF leader Julius Malema are an attempt to tarnish his reputation.

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

How relevant is Shakespeare in SA's English literature which is written in a manner that no one speaks today?

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

Economist Dawie Roodt says that the petrol price hike is going to boost the cycle of inflation and force interest rates up.