Here are some tips to ensure you have a safe journey to your destination.
General Tips for safe driving
- Look ahead – do not rely on the vehicle immediately in front of you. Check further ahead to be fully aware of the traffic situation and the road. This will allow you more time to react and respond.
- No stopping – you are not allowed to stop your vehicle on the highway unless your car breaks down. Otherwise, only stop when you reach a rest stop area or the toll plaza.
- In an Emergency – if your tyre bursts, do not attempt to steer your car off the road. This may result in you losing control of your car and causing it to spin off the highway.
- Did you know that driving at 90 kmh burns 30% less fuel than at 120 kmh?
- You should only use the hazard lights on your car if your car has broken down. It should NOT be used during heavy rain or when driving on the hard shoulder.
- Make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. Apart from being dangerous, underinflated tyres can add 2% to your fuel bill.
- Always be prepared to anticipate unexpected actions of other drivers.
- In poor visibility, switch on dipped headlights.
- Always use the left hand lane whenever possible. The other lanes are overtaking lanes. Do not overtake on the left lane.
- Always indicate with the signal switch when changing lanes.
- If you feel sleepy, get off the highway at the first opportunity.
- Obey all warning, speed limit and traffic signs.
Hydroplaning occurs when your tyres lose traction with the road surface due to wet conditions, resulting in your tyres riding on a cushion of water instead.
To prevent hydroplaning:
- Check your tyres and tyre pressure regularly
- Reduce your speed when approaching standing water and puddles
- Where possible, drive in the tracks of preceding vehicles
Should your vehicle hydroplane:
- Change to neutral gear (on a standard transmission, depress the clutch)
- Switch on the hazard lights
- Grip the steering wheel firmly and steer where you want to go
- Avoid braking or accelerating
- Check your rear view mirror for oncoming vehicles