Arrive Alive

Road Safety Precautionary Measures

Before leaving...

  • Work or virtually any activity increases the likelihood of fatigue.
  • Start any trip by getting enough sleep the night before - at least six hours is recommended.
  • Emotional stress or illness can also cause fatigue.
  • Plan your route, refueling, rests and overnight stops.
  • Check your car's roadworthiness. Headlights, indicators, stop lights, tail-ights, windscreen wiper blades, mirrors, brakes, steering, tyres, tyre pressures, exhaust system and possible oil or fuel leaks.
  • Check coolant, fluids and oil levels.
  • Check that the spare wheel is in good condition and properly inflated. Make sure that you have a serviceable jack and wheelbrace.
  • Ensure any luggage or cargo is put in the boot or secured in the vehicle.
  • Never transport flammable liquid in the vehicle. Plan your refueling stops.

While travelling...

  • Take a 15-minute break at least every 2 hours.
  • Prevent sun glare and eye fatigue by wearing good quality sunglasses.
  • Avoid eating heavy foods.
  • Do not consume any alcohol during your trip.
  • An overheated or very cold vehicle can compound the fatigue effects.
  • If you can, have another person ride with you, so you will have someone to talk to and who can share the driving.
  • Make sure that you rest when you are not driving.
  • Avoid driving during your body's downtime (1am – 5am).
  • Boredom can also cause fatigue. Music / radio / conversation is helpful.
  • Always use your seat belts.
  • Keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you.
  • Drive according to the road conditions.
  • Reduce speed when it is raining or the road is wet.
  • Adhere to speed limits.
  • Use low beam headlights (never drive with parking lights) between sunset and sunrise as well as in overcast or misty weather conditions.
  • Look out for these signs when you are driving:
  • you keep yawning
  • your reactions slow down
  • you feel stiff your eyes feel heavy
  • you find you are day dreaming
  • you wander over the centre line or on to the edge of the road
  • If you notice any of these danger signs, stop for a rest. If needed, a quick nap - even 20 minutes will help. During your break, get some exercise - it helps you become more alert quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest stop precautions...

  • Stop at a roadside rest area. If no such facility is available, make sure that you are as far off the highway as possible.
  • If it is after dark, find a lighted area to park.
  • Give yourself a little outside air, but make sure that windows are closed enough to prevent entry from the outside.
  • Lock all doors.
  • Turn on your parking lights and turn off other electrical equipment.
  • After you rest, get out of the vehicle and walk for a few minutes to be sure you are completely awake before you begin to drive again.

When parked...

  • Keep your car locked when unattended.
  • Don't leave valuables inside the car where they can be seen by passers-by. Lock such items in the boot.
  • Be especially careful when loading or unloading the boot that keys are not locked inside the car.

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

Driver Fatigue And Road Safety

Driver Fatigue And Road Safety

Driver Fatigue is a Threat to All Road Users Almost everyone knows that driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a deadly combination. However, few people seem to realize the danger associated with driving while fatigued. In fact, drivers who become drowsy or fall asleep

Read More

Driver Tiredness and Safety on the Road

Driver Tiredness and Safety on the Road

Understanding Driver Tiredness: What makes us Fatigued? We live in a 24-hour society – television, international travel, the internet and telesales mean that we work and play throughout the day and night. The fast-moving pace of the modern world also means we are doing more than ever before

Read More

Trauma Counselling and first responders / paramedics

Trauma Counselling and first responders / paramedics

With the daily carnage on the roads of South Africa, it is not only the victims of road crashes that are exposed to trauma. Our first responders to these road crashes such as paramedics and members of the police are exposed to the trauma of horrific crashes and it is important that the long-term effects

Read More

Driving in Winter / Driving on Snow and Ice

Driving in Winter / Driving on Snow and Ice

Driving in winter may be hazardous for the unprepared and inexperienced driver. Although South Africa is not as well known for extreme winter conditions, such conditions may be extremely hazardous and many drivers might need to consider measures relating to the condition of their car as well as driving

Read More

Emergency Response Time and Response to Road Crashes

Emergency Response Time and Response to Road Crashes

Few road users are aware of the factors that could determine the time needed to respond to a vehicle accident. It is important for road users to be aware of these factors as well as steps that they can take to assist emergency teams in responding swiftly to accidents. Emergency response providers have

Read More

Safety when Witnessing and Reporting Crime on the Roads

Safety when Witnessing and Reporting Crime on the Roads

We sadly experience on our roads, not only threats from irresponsible and bad drivers but also threats to life and property from criminals targeting road users. Nearly every day we are warned of or hear about a protest action on a road somewhere, a hijack or a cash-in-transit robbery. On the Arrive

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All