NOT THE SAFEST FORM OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT, BUT...: MasterDrive MD Eugene Herbert says most taxi drivers are better skilled than most drivers on the road. Image: Arrive Alive
Cape Town - When you've been driving for as many years as I have, you'd think you would know everything there is to know about road safety.
Road safety is a huge concern due to increasing fatalities on South African roads. In fact, road crashes is the No.1 cause of death in Gauteng...
As a South African Guild of Motoring Journalists member, it's mandatory to take some form of advanced driving course every two years. My turn was up and I was to enroll in a defensive driving course. 'Oh heck, this is going to be so boring!', I thought.
Boy, was I wrong...
I wasn't able to practice my racing line on track but it was one of the most interesting courses I have taken. I completed the course with a new respect as a driver and for fellow drivers on the road.
I learned many new aspects to road safety that I wouldn't normally consider. The driving instructor said some random things but there were some facts that will stick in my mind forever:
3 things to remember:
- "The faster you go, the bigger the mess"
- Speed is not a killer, we are."
- More children come through the trauma unit at Red Cross Children's hospital for crashes than burns or diseases.
Why you should take a defensive driving course
MasterDrive's group managing director Eugene Herbert explains why every SA driver should take a defensive driving course: