After a lot of travel restrictions and lockdown limitations, South Africans will be able to travel for the Easter holiday period to explore our beautiful country. This holiday period is iconic for having countless road accidents and fatalities and according to the AA, it is the responsibility of the road user to take care of themselves and their loved ones by being attentive at all times.
“The Easter long-weekend has traditionally been disastrous as far as road crashes and road fatalities is concerned. In the last decade, 2469 people have died on the country’s roads over the Easter period. To prevent this annual carnage, road users must be vigilant and focussed when on the roads,” says the AA.
“Just because you’re not driving doesn’t mean you’re not a road user. Passengers, commuters, pedestrians, cyclists, people riding motorbikes, and even people selling products on the road are all road users. Along with electronic devices, drink, drugs and distraction are all dangerous to all road users.”
The Association advises the following:
· Be sure to be well-rested when travelling and take frequent breaks to freshen up.
· Avoid using electronic devices as much as possible and don’t text and drive.
· Adhere to the rules of the road- wear your seatbelt, don’t cross the speed limit and don’t overtake in unsafe conditions.
· Be mindful of other road users.
· Motorbikes drivers and cyclists should ensure that they are wearing the correct protective gear and should be visible at all times. Pedestrians should also be visible at all times and should try to wear clothing that will make them noticeable
· Don’t drink and drive.
· Always respect law enforcement as they are looking out for everyone’s well-being.
· Enjoy the trip!
“South Africa has an horrendous road safety record, and it doesn’t get better annually. While there are many things the government must do to improve road safety it’s also the responsibility of road users to play their role. Without a conscious effort by road users to be safe, no actions by the government will ever work,” concludes the AA.