Head on collisions, pedestrian killed, taxi rolls, 4 injured – one dead; these are all headlines we see in major newspapers and media outlets. The N1 outbound has become notorious for its incidents of road-related accidents. As a motorist you can try your best to apply precaution on the road, but there is always that one person who loses the plot and causes the bereavement of many lives.
Pay attention on the road
It’s crucial to pay attention to your surroundings, there are plenty of things going on around you while driving and in an instant everything can go from perfectly fine, to disaster. You main focus should be concentrating on the road; that means to continuously check your review mirror and side mirrors – danger can strike from any side. There are motorists who use their commute time to eat their breakfasts, drink their coffee, apply their makeup and change their outfits and these are often the drivers that are involved in road accidents. Too many times it happens that we are in a rush to get things done, and then end up being negligent because we want to scrape off a few minutes from our schedule.
Accidents cost money
To be involved in an accident costs a lot of money, even the person who may not have been at fault will also have to cough up a few bucks. There are the cost panel beaters, medicines, etc. No one goes wishing to be involved in car accident, but if you can precautious on the road then there is a great chance that you can dodge a bullet that sends you to an early grave.
Obey the rules of the road
The government makes prospective drivers pass a test before they get behind the wheel for a reason; vehicles can be a danger to those who don’t know how to properly operate it according to the laws of the road. Take care to adhere to speed limits, traffic signs and all other traffic signals that you may come across on the road.
According to CrisisOnCall, “Traffic laws are put in place to protect all of the travellers who are sharing space on the road. Following traffic signals isn’t an option, those drivers that treat it as such are usually the ones you see pulled over to the side of the road being handed a violation by officers or off the side of the road due to being involved in an accident.”
There is hope
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced that road fatalities over the 2014/15 festive season showed a slight decrease when compared to previous years.
“Though we half-heartedly acknowledged the decline,” said Peters, ”We have no cause to celebrate as our people continue to be killed on our roads due to irresponsible and murderous acts of fellow road users. These senseless killings could have been avoided if we all behaved as responsible law abiding citizens.”
Even a slight decline is an indicator that change can come about. If we all work together by obeying the rules of the road, there can be change. Whether you are a pedestrian or a motorist, we need to be responsible, cautious and have respect for all road users.