Are you heading on a road trip this Easter long weekend, but are stressing about the journey? Don’t worry, as we have compiled a list of what to pack and a checklist for your vehicle.
Our traffic officers will be on the roads this long weekend wearing body cameras, to ensure their safety and that of motorists. This forms part of a road safety campaign launched for the Easter weekend.
So while our traffic cops will be doing their best to keep you safe on the roads, here’s how you can ensure you do the same from a vehicle and personal perspective:
Vehicle Fitness & Tips
- Make sure that your vehicle is roadworthy before departure.
- All lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, battery, steering, and exhaust systems, and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
- Take your vehicle for a full check before embarking on your Easter holiday adventure.
- Do not overload your vehicle and always check the correct tyre pressure required for your specific make of vehicle.
- Fill up regularly to avoid being stranded on the open road.
- Do not drive through flooded sections of roads, as it can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Driver Fitness & Tips
- Have a good rest before you embark on your journey.
- Avoid eating heavy meals before your journey, as they can cause fatigue.
- Take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200km.
- Avoid any strenuous activities before your journey, as it could cause fatigue.
- Do not drink and drive… EVER.
- Remain alert at all times and remember to check your rearview and side mirrors, especially when overtaking.
- Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
- Always drive with your lights on to ensure you are visible to others on the road.
- Drive at the speed limit – speeding kills.
- Always drive defensively, as you cannot predict what other drivers are going to do.