Defensive driving behaviour: risk kills

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 RESPONSIBLE DRIVING: Driving defensively will help make sure you arrive safely at your destination during SA's December holiday period. Image: Shutterstock ~ Shutterstock
 • Drive defensively - Risk takers are collision makers.

 • Avoid all distractions - Keep both eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.

 • Be visible – drive with your lights on.

 • Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.

 • Stay within the speed limit at all times.

 • Be especially alert when approaching traffic lights, intersections and level crossings.

 • Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so.

 • Maintain at least a three-second following distance - this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
 • Avoid driving on the blind spot of other vehicles.

 • Be courteous towards fellow road users - keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate.

 • Be cautious when driving alone, and avoid stopping in remote areas.