WATCH: Crazy road rage incident a reminder to stay safe SA ahead of the long weekend

2017-03-17 11:56 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Each year, certain road rage incidents and stories stand out from the rest - from bad drivers to strange happenings and unfortunately some of these end up costing a life or two.

As the long weekend looms in SA, and many of us are pretty excited about the upcoming downtime, it is important to keep road safety top of mind.

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But can you imagine being in a situation like this, shared by DJ Fresh via twitter?

In the incident, a rather puzzling one at that forcing the question 'what was the driver thinking?" - a truck tries to overtake a car when there clearly is no gap, on the pedestrian side of the road. As yet, no deaths have been reported but it looks potentially fatal.

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The case is entirely out of the ordinary, take a look...


The Easter break is also around the corner, and if you are hitting the long road travellers are kindly advised to be extra cautious. 

Be smart about road safety to ensure the smoothest possible trip for you and your family. 

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Keep some of these Road Safety Tips in mind: 

- If you’re planning a road trip make sure your car is roadworthy and get it serviced to avoid any unwanted road-side situations. This also means checking the obvious stuff like having a container of water in the boot and that your spare wheel is in working order. 
- Drinking? Make sure your group has a designated driver as alcohol severely impairs your driving ability and is often the cause of many road incidents 

- Be courteous on the road. Rather give way and practice caution by not overtaking on blind spots or barrier lines. This can go a long way to ensuring you and your family stay safe, since you cannot vouch for somebody else’s driving abilities.

- Buckle up. Enough said. 

- Use your headlights during the day to increase your visibility. 

- Most people forget that texting or talking on your cellphone is actually a criminal offence. Yes, we’re talking to you the driver of the car straddling lanes, swerving all over the place, driving ridiculously slow and almost hitting the motorcyclist.  Just don’t do it. 

- Stick to the speed limit. Enjoy the journey and arrive alive at your intended destination. 

- With that said, make sure you don’t overextend yourself while driving. It helps if you have a tag driver to share some of the load with you. If you have to do all the driving yourself, make regular stops as being overtired, impairs your ability as much as alcohol does.
 
- Be aware of weather forecasts, visibility impaired during bad weather while thunderstorms, hail or flash flooding can also be detrimental. 

- Pre-program useful apps and contacts numbers such the www.aa.co.za or ER24 - their Emergency Contact Centre can be reached 24 hours a day on 084 124.  

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