Motorists urged to be more vigilant during Easter holidays

Monday, April 6, 2009
By: 
Edwin Tshivhidzo

Pretoria - Motorists who will be traveling long distances during the Easter holidays are urged to be more vigilant, drive safely and follow all road regulations.

Throughout the country's major roads, law enforcement officers will be out in full force, to ensure smooth flow of traffic.

Traffic volume is expected to pick-up from Thursday especially on the N1 towards Polokwane, Moria, and Beit Bridge border as well as on the N3 towards Durban during the Easter weekend.

Ahead of the Easter rush, Arrive Alive has issued some road safety tips to motorists who will be traveling long distances.

According to Arrive Alive, drivers should obey the rules of the road and carry their drivers' license as well as plan their holiday route in advance to ensure that ample time is allocated for stops on the way to their destinations.

Motorists should also make sure that their vehicles are in a roadworthy condition before departure. Car lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults before departure.

Motorists are also urged against overloading and drinking driving. Safety breaks every two hours or 200km are encouraged and motorists should avoid driving after dark if possible.

A two second following distance in foggy or rainy conditions is also recommended.

Drivers are also advised to dip their headlights well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam, always wear a seat-belt and check to see that everyone in the car are wearing theirs.

Last year, the Easter road death toll was reduced by 23.8 percent from a total of 319 in 2007 to 243 in 2008.