WATCH: Top 5 defensive driving tips for SA

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Cape Town - Defensive driving is the practice of maintaining an awareness of road and weather conditions, other vehicles, pedestrians and potentially hazardous situations on South Africa's notorious road network.

Defensive driving can mean the difference between life and death especially during the busy holiday season.

Arrive Alive editor, Johan Jonck said: "Defensive driving is not merely using a set of driving skills when on the road. It starts with preparedness on the side of the driver and an awareness of abilities, challenges, restraints etc.

"Sometimes the best way to defend yourself against dangers is to avoid confrontation altogether. The elderly driver who avoids peak hour traffic and the driver avoiding late night driving are both applying alertness to hazards through defensive driving."

Arrive Alive editor, Johan Jonck, shares his top 5 defensive driving tips: