Driver fitness: Fatigue can be a killer

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 TAKE A BREAK: Long journeys can lead to driver fatigue. Take a break every two hours or 200km. Image: Shutterstock ~ Shutterstock
 • Have a rest before you embark on your journey.

 • Take safety breaks every two hours or 200km.

 • Do not drink and drive. If you intend to consume alcohol make alternative arrangements so you will not be behind the wheel.

 • Remain alert at all times and avoid driver distractions such as cellular conversations, texting etc...

 • Be responsible and always wear your seat belt, Make sure passengers are wearing theirs.

 • South African law requires each passenger being transported in a motor vehicle to make use of seatbelts and strap themselves in. It's the driver’s responsibility to make sure all passengers are strapped in mains strapped in while travelling.

It is a criminal offence for an adult to allow a child younger than 14 years to travel unrestrained in a vehicle equipped with seatbelts or a car safety seat.

 • Infants and children under the age of 12 should travel in the back seat of a vehicle and should be buckled up, either in a car seat, booster seat or using the cars seatbelt, depending on the age and weight of the child.

 • Infants between up to one year old or weighing up to 10kg, should travel in a rear facing car seat in the back of a car. In the event of an accident, the impact will be on the seat and not on the infant.