Whether you’re a pedestrian or a driver, be vigilant and take precautions to stay safe on the roads…
Summer is here and there is no better way to spend your free time than walking, running, hiking and enjoying the weather, but as a pedestrian or a driver, it is important to be vigilant and take precautions to stay safe.
According to the Road Traffic Management Corporation, of the 14,050 road fatalities recorded in SA in 2017, pedestrians accounted for a shocking 38 per cent, followed by passengers and drivers, which accounted for around 33 and 26 per cent respectively, with cyclists making up the remaining three per cent.
Ford’s Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme encourages drivers to remain vigilant at all times and anticipate traffic situations on the road. This does not mean only looking out for other drivers, but pedestrians as well.
“Remember that a pedestrian stands very little chance of survival up against a car,” says Derek Kirkby, Training Director, Ford DSFL. “When you see a pedestrian crossing the road slow down. Even if it is illegal for them to cross at that section, you must be vigilant at all times. This includes pedestrians exiting taxis or weaving between the cars.”
Experts at Ford’s DSFL programme would like to offer motorists the following tips for a safer summer this year on SA roads:
Pedestrian safety remains one of the most important challenges to road safety. Visibility is key, so whether you are driving or walking this summer holiday, always keep your eyes on the road.