We always need to be aware of our surroundings when travelling to unknown destinations. Safety on the road has become a constant issue and needs to be addressed thoroughly. Many may believe that no harm can come to them, but roadside accidents and hijackings have proven the opposite.
Equip the boot
All vehicles must be equipped with an emergency first-aid kit in its boot, in case of a crisis. Knowing how to do basic first-aid will enable you to be prepared for whatever comes your way. Ensure that you have water, protein snacks, roadside assistance contact numbers, a flashlight and emergency contact numbers stashed away in your vehicle. Having extra prescription medications and important documents is also an important necessary.
Always remember the following:
- Maintain your speed limit, buckle up and don’t drive impaired. Driving too fast or too slow can increase your chance of being in a collision.
- Remain cautious and vigilant on the road.
- Always use caution in areas when there is construction being done on the road.
- Pay only attention to the road and other road users, avoid any kind of distraction such as a cell phone.
- Never take on the long road if you are tired, rather change drivers or stop to get some rest.
- Maintain a safe following distance. Tailgating should be avoided at all costs, even in back to back traffic.
- Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.
- Make sure that you clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see clearly and be visible to other road users.
- If you are experiencing car trouble, pull over as far as possible from the road.
Whenever you are en route somewhere let someone know your destination and when they can expect you to arrive. Should something happen along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route. Freewaypatrol is always along the road of major Cape Town roads, especially at night, so if you get stuck along the way, know that a patrol car is not very far. Take time out to find out if there are any disasters in the area you are travelling to and what you can do to equip yourself. But most important of all don’t let your vehicle’s tank get too low.