Arrive Alive

Back to school – back to reality: Keep roads safe this year and decade - AA

Public schools across South Africa resume on Wednesday and traffic volumes today and tomorrow (13/14 January) are expected to pick up on all major routes. Normal traffic patterns are set to resume on Wednesday bringing with them increased risks for all road users. The Automobile Association (AA) says this is the ideal time to prioritise road safety.
 
“While government has a major role to play in making roads safer – including increasing the number of traffic law enforcers, increasing funding and resources for traffic law enforcement – motorists have an equally important role to play. In addition to ensuring roads are safe through their daily behaviour, they need to set an example for the next generation of road users,” says the AA.
 
The Association says it is critical that, as schools reopen, parents, guardians, and other drivers who transport children ensure:
 
•    All passengers – even those in the back seat – are properly secured in child restraints, or are wearing seatbelts,
•    That any child restraints are properly fastened and properly attached the vehicle,
•    They an example by obeying the rules of the road. This includes driving to the conditions of the road, and not using any electronic devices while driving,
•    That they understand that they share the road with others and remain calm behind the wheel,
•    All passengers in the vehicle are seated while driving, and, if they are operating a public transport vehicle, ensure they are not exceeding the capacity of passengers allowed for their specific vehicle,
•    They leave enough time to reach their destination without having the stress of trying to make up time to get to school or work on time (this includes monitoring social media and listening to radio traffic reports for crashes which may delay them),
•    That their vehicle is properly maintained and in a roadworthy condition (this includes checking wiper blades and tyres), and,
•    They are ready to play their role in making South Africa’s roads safer for all road users.
 
In addition, the AA says it is important, as people return to work and school, that motorists understand they have a duty to ensure the next generation of motorists is equally respectful behind the wheel.
 
“Many young drivers with their first vehicles are elated at the freedom they now enjoy, without necessarily considering their role in making roads safer. It is the duty of all parents and guardians with new drivers to educate them on the importance of road safety and their obligations on the road. In the absence of formal, government intervention in this regard, it becomes the duty of current drivers to pass these messages along,” concludes the AA.
 

Loading...

Related Articles

Managing the pandemic gives organisations a glimpse of the future

Managing the pandemic gives organisations a glimpse of the future

Ideas that begin as lockdown coping strategies can also revolutionise your business. Netstar MD Pierre Bruwer shares some of his organisation’s learnings from the pandemic. As any South African business person will tell you, the Covid-19 pandemic has been a stressful time to be running a company.

Read More

Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa runs 3-year Safe-to-School-Safe-to-Home Scholar Transport program

Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa runs 3-year Safe-to-School-Safe-to-Home Scholar Transport program

Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa is running a 3-year Safe-to-School-Safe-to-Home Scholar Transport program sponsored by Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd. The program is currently on phase 3 and involving around 150 scholar transport drivers from eThekwini region. The Safe-to-School-Safe-to-Home

Read More

“To achieve great things, one must embrace discomfort” – Jabulani Nyathi

“To achieve great things, one must embrace discomfort” – Jabulani Nyathi

As South Africa commemorates the role of our youth in the liberation of South Africa, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) pays tribute to the indomitable spirit of our country’s young people, their resilience and ability to thrive despite hardships and challenges. “Through N3TC’s Touching

Read More

Central Gauteng Lions partner with the Muslim Association of SA in providing relief to Communities

Central Gauteng Lions partner with the Muslim Association of SA in providing relief to Communities

The Central Gauteng Lions (CGL) is proud to partner with the NPO, the Muslim Association of South Africa (MASA). The partnership will strive to assist in providing some relief and assistance to those communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be in the form of food parcels as well as clothing

Read More

Gabriel South Africa Launches ‘Shocks for Life’ for Essential Service Workers

Gabriel South Africa Launches ‘Shocks for Life’ for Essential Service Workers

Gabriel, the longest established shock absorber brand in South Africa, has launched an initiative for essential service workers who purchase Gabriel shocks between 25th May to 30th September 2020 and receive free replacement shocks for life. Graeme Futter, Gabriel Head of Marketing and Sales, said

Read More

Infographics from the Automobile Association (AA) on the fuel price breakdown

Infographics from the Automobile Association (AA) on the fuel price breakdown

South Africa’s fuel price is comprised of many different elements, some of which make fuel in the country more expensive than that in neighbouring countries to which South Africa exports. The AA publishes an annual breakdown of the fuel price to give South African consumers and motorists a snapshot

Read More

Load More Articles

Partners

View All