The holiday season is coming up, which means joy, hope and merry-making for South Africa. This time of year also means more traffic on the roads, and unfortunately, more road accidents too. People are travelling to their families and holiday destinations, as well as spending more time on the roads as they spend their holiday time away from the workplace and home. The holiday season invites more alcohol consumption, which also impacts the number of accidents on the roads. In 2016, the road accident death toll had increased by 17 percent from the previous year. 82 percent of these accidents were caused by human error such as drinking and driving, using cell phones while driving, not using seat belts, fatigue and more.
Drive safely this holiday
If you are using the road this holiday season, it is important to follow the rules of the road at all times. Buckle up, observe the rules and practice responsible driving. If you have enjoyed the holiday spirit a little too much by drinking, rather walk, or find a sober friend or taxi to get you home. The increased volume on the road makes driving more risky than usual even without slower reflexes. As well as responsible driving, another way to beat the holiday traffic is to plan ahead. Increased traffic volume means slower commuting and congestion on the road. Combat this by leaving earlier than you would you usually leave in order to avoid the peak traffic hours. Besides, your hosts will appreciate it more if you’re early than if you’re late, or worse, in hospital from a road accident. Planning ahead can also include looking at alternative routes that are safer, carpooling with friends to save expenses, or simply walking or cycling instead. Choosing to walk or cycle can help burn off that Christmas pudding weight, and provide safer routes away from road accident risk zones.
Happy holidays, and happy driving
In short, to avoid accidents on the roads this holiday, be smart, be logical and be responsible. Avoid high risk areas and activities, both as a driver and a pedestrian. Most importantly, have a happy holiday season! For legal assistance regarding road accidents, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys.