Roadblock, Rest stop – Awareness

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Today, after yet another Rest stop, I go home severely sunburned and a bit disgruntled.

Do people actually know, understand or care what we are trying to do on our roads to keep them safe, especially during the festive season?!

Millions are lost in road crashes every year. Not only due to damage to the road surface but also payments to families. Breadwinners are killed and leave children orphaned; grants have to be paid to children as that would be their only income until one of them can become a breadwinner. Money is paid to do burials for the needy and storage of the dead.

This year the biggest cause of deaths on our road was head-on collisions. The fact is that 90% of all accidents are caused by humans. Overtaking on a solid line is a human decision that usually ends in tragedy.

You will constantly hear that the conditions of the road played a role, yes sometimes it does, but that only amounts to 3% of all crashes.

We as humans have been conditioned to use any excuse other than taking responsibility for our actions.

Roadblocks have been brought in by the Government to firstly educate road users on their rights on public roads as well as prosecution of road users not adhering to the laws of the road.

Rest stops are there for education of road users as well as giving them a time to get out of their vehicles and have a rest.

 Some of the points of education:

–        Drivers are supposed to have a rest after every 2hours or 200km of traveling.

–        Passengers should also wear their  seat-belt or face a fine of up to R200-00

–        Passengers are not allowed to throw objects through windows, as that affects the driving of following drivers.

–        Drivers should ensure the road-worthiness of their vehicles.

–        Drivers should check the expiry date of their driver’s licenses and apply in good time for their new licenses.

–        Keeping your vehicles headlights on makes you more visible to other road users.

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Accidents do happen, so always remember that you are not the only road user on the road.

The following should be used to ensure your safety:

S             –              Search

I              –              Identify

P             –              Predict

D            –              Decide

E             –              Execute

 

S             –              Search

Be on the lookout for any potentially dangerous situations, children playing next to the road, stray animals, falling rocks, potholes etc.

I              –              Identify

When a potentially dangerous situation is seen, identify it as a hazard.

P             –              Predict

Predict what would happen if the hazard would interfere with your safe driving.

D            –              Decide

Decide on what you would do should the situation interfere.

E             –              Execute

If it should happen that the situation interfere, execute what you decided on.

If you keep this in mind you will keep yourself safe and never be met by a situation that you did not recognize as a potential threat.

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