RESPECT ON ROADS - SAFETY TIPS

Wearing Seatbelts

  • It takes just 4 seconds to put on your seatbelt – give it the first priority
  • Ensure every passenger, including the driver and passengers in the front and back seats,
    wears a seatbelt
  • Seatbelts should be worn at all times – whether you’re in the city or on highways
  • Pregnant women and children are better protected when they wear a seatbelt
  • Seat belts keep the driver and passengers from banging into each other, a cause of serious injury in some accidents

Avoiding Dangerous Driving

  • Avoid weaving in and out of traffic, cutting lanes,accelerating and braking suddenly and driving below the speed limit on highways
  • Do not drive if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • While driving, avoid using your mobile phone, adjusting the radio, eating and talking to other passengers
  • Drive slower during rainy or bad weather, as these conditions could affect your driving
  • Avoid jumping signals and ignoring traffic signs – you never know what’s coming the other way

Wearing Helmets

  • The rider always has to wear a helmet – it is the law.Ensure the pillion rider is wearing one too.
  • Always fasten the chin strap, else the helmet
    may pop off
  • Full face helmets are preferable
  • Helmets should be of good quality, ISI standard or equivalent global standard
  • A helmet protects your eyes from dust or blinding lights from other vehicles

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Ensure you get your vehicle checked regularly – tyres,lights, brakes, windscreen wipers, etc.
  • In addition, check oil and coolant and change them at regular intervals
  • A dirty air filter can shorten the life of your engine and also reduce your mileage by up to 10%, so clean it out from time to time
  • Note that tyres expire 4 years after the date of manufacture and the date is stamped on the side
    of the tyre
  • Clean your spark plugs regularly

Safe Pedestrian Crossing

  • Always cross at the zebra crossing
  • Stop, look both ways and listen for traffic
    before crossing
  • Don’t cross recklessly between moving vehicles, or put your hand up to stop speeding vehicles
  • Avoid talking on your mobile phone when walking, especially when you’re crossing
  • Use the footpaths wherever possible

Preventing Driver Fatigue

  • Driving when fatigued reduces alertness and increases risk-taking behaviour. If you are not driving, check that the person who is driving is well-rested
  • Don’t go to bed late or get less sleep time before
    a long journey
  • Take a 15-minute break after every 2 hours of driving
  • Don’t drive if you are feeling sick or are on medication that causes drowsiness
  • Avoid long trips between midnight and 6 am when you are likely to feel sleepy anyway

No Overspeeding

  • Stay below the speed limit specified for the road you are travelling on
  • The higher your speed, the greater the stopping distance and the greater the impact in case
    of an accident
  • Driving over the limit is illegal – it might save you time, but it also increases the chances of an accident
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front – it helps if you have to brake suddenly