Distracted driving is estimated to be a factor in 25% to 50% of all traffic crashes. Driving safely is not only beneficial to the driver but also to all other road users.
Follow these Driving Safety Tips for a Safer Journey:
- Do not drink and drive. Read more on the blood/alcohol limit for motorists.
- Obey the speed limit.
- Do not use cell phones when driving. It is illegal and extremely dangerous.
- Ensure the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition.
- Do simple vehicle maintenance and pre-trip inspections.
- Guard against distractions while driving. Set all devices, mirrors and controls prior to driving.
- Ensure all vehicle occupants wear a seat belt.
- Maintain a safe following distance. Obey the two-second rule.
- Allow yourself to take short breaks when driving long distances.
- Plan your journey well in advance.
- If a breakdown occurs, turn hazard lights on and get the vehicle to a safe location.
- If the vehicle breaks down on the roadway, turn hazard lights on, stay belted in the vehicle and wait for professional help.
- Never get out of a vehicle to make a repair on a busy road. Get the vehicle to a safe place before getting out.
Safety at Level Crossings:
- Always stop at level crossings. Never cross if the red lights are flashing, regardless of what position the boom is in.
- Obey the road signs when approaching a level crossing. Make sure the tracks are clear IN BOTH DIRECTIONS before crossing.
- Never queue over a level crossing.
- Never pass another vehicle when approaching a level crossing.
Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your ability to drive. The only option is to avoid alcohol if you are driving.
What is the Blood/Alcohol Limit for Motorists?
The blood/alcohol limit is 0,05g per 100ml of blood.
How Much can I Drink and Stay Under the Limit?
The amount of alcohol you would need to drink to be considered over the limit varies from person to person. It depends on:
- Your weight.
- Your gender.
- Your metabolism.
- Age (younger people tend to process alcohol more slowly).
To get more detail and advice about alcohol units, please visit our road safety partners at South Africans Against Drink Driving (SADD) by clicking here.
The Effects of Alcohol on Driving:
- You are less able to judge distances and speed.
- You may have a tendency to be overconfident and put yourself and other road users at risk.
- You are less likely to observe traffic signs or other road users.
Possible Consequences of Driving Drunk:
- Killing someone else
- Losing your own life
- Criminal records
- Legal costs
- If you intend to drive, the safest option is not to drink.
- If you have too much to drink, appoint a designated driver.