Driving safety tips

1. Always be alert. The best driver is the one who is watching traffic, road conditions, weather and other external influences.

2. Always be on the lookout for pedestrians wanting to cross the road. They may run out in front of your car.

3. Always ensure that you have enough fuel for the planned trip.

4. Always wear your seatbelt and make sure that your passengers do the same.

5. Anticipate the driving of other road users.

6. Be courteous. If you are in the right hand lane and vehicles are slowing down the left-hand lane, give others a chance to find an opening in the right-hand lane.

7. Do not tailgate. Remember that you have to leave a space of at least 3 seconds between your car and the vehicle in front of you.

8. Don’t rush. Manage your time so that you don’t have to speed or drive recklessly.

9. Don’t use a hand-held cellular telephone while driving. Have a hands-free kit installed in your car or look for a safe place to stop.

10. Don’t weave from one lane to the other, and don’t change lanes recklessly. Be patient there will be a courteous driver that will give you a chance to change lanes.

11. If you are on holiday and go on a sightseeing trip remember that there are still other people on the road who aren’t on holiday. Keep in the left lane and give others the opportunity to pass.

12. Make sure that your car is in good driving condition. This includes tyres, brakes, lights and the engine.

13. Never drink and drive. Always have a designated non-drinking driver or arrange for a lift home. Remember that the life you save may be your own.

14. Never drive when you are feeling fatigued or drowsy. When driving long distance stop every 2 - 3 hours and have refreshment or a glass of water and walk around to stretch your legs.

15. Obey the rules of the road. These rules are not there to punish you but to assist with the safety of all road users.

16. Plan ahead when you see a slow moving vehicle in front of you. Slow down in time and avoid sudden braking. This rule also applies to travelling in peak hour traffic.
17. Plan your journey. Plan the route along which you will be travelling. Be aware of the surroundings and check road signs. Change lanes some distance before you reach the off-ramp you need to use.

18. The emergency lane is for use of emergency vehicles (ambulances, fire engines, police and traffic officers) only. They are not there to use as an extra lane for peak hour traffic or to pass slower traffic.

19. Wait your turn at an intersection.

20. When approaching a robot controlled intersection - red means stop and amber means slow down. Don’t accelerate when a robot changes to amber, slow down and stop.

21. When travelling with young children in the car make sure that they are safely seated in an approved child restraint.

22. When you pass a slower vehicle allow plenty of room to merge back into the traffic. Remember that both headlights of the vehicle that you are passing must be visible in your rear view mirror before you change lanes again.