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2014-04-11 12:06

MORE TIPS: Get clued-up on these safe driving tips for the Easter holiday. Image: Shutterstock

SOUTH AFRICA - A British advanced driver, Peter Rodger, shares his tips for safe long-distance driving and how to prepare for that long holiday haul. 

Over the 2013 December holiday period 1376 South Africans died after road crashes.

In a terrible indictment of the standard of driving in our country, South Africa is second after Nigeria for its road-death rate 31.9 against Nigeria's 33.7 per 100 000 population per year.


Australia, by comparison, has 5.2 and New Zealand 9.1 per 100 000 population per year. So, here are some suggestions that me start to reduce our annual road slaughter (though teaching pedestrians how to cross roads safely would be a start - more than half of those killed on SA's roads were walking at the time).

• Check that all of your lights are working.
• Check tyre treads and pressure. 
• Unneeded weight will increase fuel consumption.
• Make sure your windscreen washer fluid is full. 
• Check wiper blades.
• Keep children entertained with games.
• Plan the journey well in advance.    
• Stop regularly for refreshments.
• If feel drowsy stop and rest.
• Sharing the driving is also a great option.

Rodger said: "Prepare yourself and your vehicle before setting off on your Easter break. You’ll have a far more enjoyable time getting there and will be better able to have a good break when you arrive.”

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