THE Road Safety Partnership South Africa (RSP-SA) is encouraging all drivers to be extra careful as many schools near their winter holidays.
While these holidays may not be as notorious as December and Easter breaks in terms of car crashes, a study by the North-West University identified July as one of the months with the highest number of accidents.
So, as South Africans head into a period where many may be on the roads for a break, RSP-SA cautions drivers to be on their best behaviour.
“Let this be a time to remember and not of regret and sadness. Do everything within your power to change the statistics, such as staying calm and avoiding reckless driving like overtaking on a white line,” RSP-SA said.
RSP-SA added that every holiday season, road fatality statistics showed the same causes.
Rather than looking at these statistics with regret, anger or sadness, listen to what they said.
“Think of the driver who became irritated and drove recklessly, got behind the wheel after a few drinks – thinking it would be okay, ignored his fatigue or picks up his phone for a few seconds,” RSP-SA said.
“The RSP-SA encourages each driver to make changes to their own driving that will keep them safe and prevent a repeat of the concerning road fatality statistics. Instead of using these statistics to be angry at the government or role players, let’s use them to guide our own behaviour.”