Clean up your driving habits and stay alive
THE Department of Transport recently released the official road death toll figures of 1376 fatalities for the period between December 1 last year to January 7 – a sobering reminder that the festive season isn't always so happy for everyone.
Here are some resolutions for this year which may just save your life, as suggested by Tiger Wheel & Tyre:
- I won't text and drive
That's an unacceptable risk. Pull over to a safe spot before texting.
- I will indicate
You should start indicating at least 30m before turning, to give the driver behind you the chance to slow down. With so many drivers choosing not to indicate, it's easy to get sucked into their game. Resist the temptation and set a good example instead. It may become contagious.
- I will check my tyre tread and pressure
So check your tread, or have a professional do it for you, to ensure there is always at least 1mm remaining tread around the circumference of the tyre, and while you're at it, check the tyre pressure too. Driving with under-inflated tyres can cause them to wear out sooner, costing you money and compromising your safety.
- I will exercise tolerance and manners
Flying into a blind rage will only distract you, raise your blood pressure and compromise your decision-making ability.
There will always be road hogs and they will always frustrate you.
So, to paraphrase the great Mahatma Ghandi, be the change you want to see on the road.
Drive courteously, exercise tolerance and show gratitude to other respectful drivers.
- I will stay awake, alert and alive
You don't want to be responsible for causing an accident any more than you want to be the victim of one.
So resolve not to drive when you're drowsy or under the influence and when you do drive, to give it your full attention.