The school holiday season should be a jolly and a happy occasion not one spent remembering loved ones lost in tragic highway crashes. We cannot stress enough how important it is to be safe on the roads. Our roads become exceedingly busy during the June school holidays and that is one of the biggest causes for the yearly rise in road accident statistics.

It’s possible for drivers to avoid all the fatalities by following a few simple road rules. Here are a few road safety tips that you can consider to avoid any road tragedies:

  • Be mindful and aware of weather changes- try to get a projected weather forecast for all the provinces/countries along your route, that way you are fully prepared for any drastic weather changes.
  • Avoid distractions while driving- cell phones, maps, music players etc. all of these can be forms of distractions while driving during the busy season. If you have to recheck your map, rather park and have a proper look at it because trying to multitask you could end up smack bang in the back of the vehicle in front of you.
  • Anticipate delays-when driving, especially long distance and/cross border you should always expect delays. These could be caused by road constructions or simply because of the large numbers of people travelling during the holiday time.
  • Be patient – as much as you could be in a hurry to get to that beach holiday, you need to understand that most drivers are on holiday too. During the school holiday season, you are bound to be sharing the road with a lot of road trippers who want to enjoy the scenery.
  • Plan your route in advance-this way you are prepared and are familiar with the road you are going to take. Familiarize yourself with the route so that you are able to plan all your stops and resting points.
  • Prepare your vehicle for long distance- make sure that your car is road worthy. Have the breaks, shocks and other minor technicalities checked. There is nothing too small when it comes to ensuring safety. When filling up at the petrol station make sure you check your water, oil and tyre pressure too.
  • Leave extra driving space between you and the car in front of you- you can never know what another driver is thinking or what they see or do not see, therefore avoid tagging too close behind a car in case they decide to make an unexpected stop
  • Avoid speeding-need I say more?

Just by abiding to a few of these pointers you will ensure that both you and your family make it back home safely after the school holidays. The kids will be well rested and ready to jump back into the school routine.

By Noni Nchwe