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Easter holiday road guide - all the safety tips you'll need

2017-04-11 14:42

HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR CAR? Make sure you've done a good vehicle check before embarking on the roads this Easter holiday! Image: iStock

Cape Town - In 2016 former Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced the national Easter road death fatalities on March 29 was down by 46% compared to the same period in 2015.

Peters said that preliminary figures indicate 156 people died on the country’s roads from Thursday March 24- 28 in 2016 compared to 287 fatalities from April 2 - 6 April in 2015, this translated into 131 fewer people died.

Justice Project South Africa chairman Howard Dembovsky said the public and school holidays naturally meant that traffic concentrations would have been significantly lower than they would ordinarily be over an Easter long-weekend last year.

Dembovsky said: "A seeming 46% reduction in road fatalities in Easter 2016 is no cause for celebration and it is most certainly no reason for motorists to let their guard down. Defensive driving is key to assuring one’s own and family’s safety on our roads."

Here's a list of Wheels24 safety tips:

1.Easter long weekend: 'More cars on the road, delays expected' - AA

The Easter weekend carnage on South African roads has for many years been steadily increasing.

Read the full article here.

2. Taking on the April holidays? These 3 tips can probably save your life

Avoid being a road accident statistic by following these simple checks. It might just come in handy... Now might be a great time to equip yourself with some driving skills which may prevent you from joining these statistics.


Read the full article here.

3. Roadtrip - a little planning goes a long way on a holiday drive

April madness is in full swing and hand-in-hand with the promise of a fun holiday comes the certainty of a road trip that will test your patience to the limits.

Read the full article here.

4. Have you checked your car: Happy Holiday or highway to hell?

The Easter weekend has a bleak history in terms of road safety – every year, there is a new road safety campaign launched, and every year, the death toll remains horrific.

Read the full article here.


5. So a tourist just hit your car? Managing a crash with drivers from abroad

Crashes are sadly commonplace but matters become a lot more complicated when tourists are involved.

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6.Here’s how to beat Traffic in SA's most congested Cities

If you are a city dweller and spend your hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic, there are other options available in most of major cities.

Read the full article here.

7. Spotted cardboard police? 5 things you should know about SA’s cut-out cop car

Earlier in April, Road safety group, a road user shared photos of what appears to be a strange Tshwane metro police department car parked under a bridge on a highway near Pretoria.

Read the full article here.


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