Tips to road users to ensure their road safety this festive season

Road safety.

Here are some tips Health Guide 911 offers some tips to road users to ensure their road safety:

• Always wear a seatbelt, and ensure all passengers are also buckled up. The law requires all children under three to be secured in proper child restraint seats.

• Don’t drink and drive and don’t drink and walk.

• Have your tyres checked (including the spare) and ensure they are suitable for a long journey (and safe enough to bring you back again). Check your wheel alignment.

• Drive to the conditions of the road. Don’t speed.

• If you are a pedestrian, be visible to other road users, and walk where there is light. As a motorist, always focus on the road and check for pedestrians.

• Don’t take chances by running or walking over busy roads of highways.

• Always wear your helmet, and dress appropriately for motorbike and bicycle usage.

• Don’t be distracted while driving. Eating, drinking, talking to back seat passengers is extremely dangerous. Stay focused on whether you are in a car, on a motorcycle, cycle or walking.

• Do not text or talk on mobile devices.

• If you are going on a long trip, stop every two hours or every 200km for a rest, to stretch your legs, and regain your focus.

This time of the year is for family and friends to reconnect, spend time with each other, and to enjoy a break. Arrive safely at your destination, and return safely back home.
Disclaimer: The information and opinions provided here are believed to be accurate and sound, based on the best judgment available to the authors, but it should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. Readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.
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