When it comes to driving along dangerous roads there are a few places in South Africa that are notorious for accidents and crime.
Roads such as the R300, parts of the N2 and the N7 are just some of the places you don’t want to get stuck on.
Recently the Safe N2 Project highlighted the importance of checking your vehicle regularly, to avoid getting caught off guard when travelling through dangerous places.
Tips to avoid getting stuck on dangerous roads
- Always make sure that your tyres (tread and air pressure) are in tip top shape. This includes your spare tyre.
- Before any long journey check your oil and water levels and top up if necessary.
- If you’re not sure whether you have enough petrol in your tank to get you to where you need to be, rather be safe than sorry and top up.
- Make sure you know exactly which route you’re taking and get familiar with the directions beforehand. Driving somewhere unfamiliar while trying to figure out which road to turn off at is a recipe for disaster!
- GPS apps and devices are pretty reliable, but there’s still a risk of getting lost if your system is out of date or if you’re not concentrating. Stay focused and pre-plan your trip.
- Stay calm and don’t stop! If you think you have a flat tyre, or that there’s a mechanical problem with your car, drive as far as you can before stopping. Don’t stop on the side of the road unless you absolutely have to.
- Save emergency numbers to your phone in the case of an accident or breakdown, but don’t use your phone while driving. Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of road accidents.
- According to police, hijackers are more likely to target female drivers who don’t seem to know where they’re going. Concentrate on your surroundings and drive safely but confidently.