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#3 SSS Security Tip | Holiday Season: Driver Safety

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The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.

– Dudley Moore

The volume of traffic on our country’s roads, over the holiday season, increases every year. Each year more and more people (drivers, passengers and pedestrians) are killed or injured due to poor driver safety practices.

It is in everyone’s best interest to, at all times, but especially during the holiday season, observe traffic laws, take precautionary measures and employ good driver safety practices to ensure that you arrive at your destination safely, without incident.

Now is not the time to allow stress and a hectic schedule to cause carelessness. You can never be too aware or prepared, so take every reasonable precaution to ensure that you, your family and fellow road users do not become a sad statistic and holiday fatality.

It should go without saying that you need to travel smart. Do this by informing someone of where you are travelling to, with whom you are travelling and what time you are leaving / expect to arrive. Wear a seat-belt at all times and ensure that children are also strapped in (an on a booster seat when applicable). Be aware, scan your surroundings, keep vehicle doors and windows closed and locked and avoid driving alone at night (when possible).

5 Good driver safety practices 

  1. Never drink & drive OR get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking and wants to drive.
  2. Park in a well lit area.
  3. Do not leave valuables visible to tempt criminals.
  4. Do not leave the vehicle running with children inside or unoccupied.
  5. Have your keys in your hand before you reach the vehicle (do not make yourself vulnerable by loosing focus whilst searching for keys in a bag or pocket).

Related Links
Comprehensive Travel Safety in SA   | Cape Town Guide Website

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