Road Safety Tips and Facts

Learn how to avoid becoming a statistic on the road and help us to make the roads better together.

Stay Safe on the Road

Distracted driving is estimated to be a factor in 25% to 50% of all traffic crashes. Driving safely is not only beneficial to the driver but also to all other road users.

Follow these Driving Safety Tips for a Safer Journey:

  • Do not drink and drive. Read more on the blood/alcohol limit for motorists. 
  • Obey the speed limit.
  • Do not use cell phones when driving. It is illegal and extremely dangerous.
  • Ensure the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition.
  • Do simple vehicle maintenance and pre-trip inspections.
  • Guard against distractions while driving. Set all devices, mirrors and controls prior to driving.
  • Ensure all vehicle occupants wear a seat belt.
  • Maintain a safe following distance. Obey the two-second rule.
  • Allow yourself to take short breaks when driving long distances. Read more on driver fatigue.
  • Plan your journey well in advance.

Breakdown Safety:

  • If a breakdown occurs, turn hazard lights on and get the vehicle to a safe location.
  • If the vehicle breaks down on the roadway, turn hazard lights on, stay belted in the vehicle and wait for professional help.
  • Never get out of a vehicle to make a repair on a busy road. Get the vehicle to a safe place before getting out.

Safety at Level Crossings:

  • Always stop at level crossings. Never cross if the red lights are flashing, regardless of what position the boom is in.
  • Obey the road signs when approaching a level crossing. Make sure the tracks are clear IN BOTH DIRECTIONS before crossing.
  • Never queue over a level crossing.
  • Never pass another vehicle when approaching a level crossing.

Emergency Numbers

 

SA Police Services
10111

 
 

Metro Emergency Medical Services
10177

Reports by Citizens

Nassau Street

5 days 15 hours ago

Left front and left back tyres are completely smooth - NO thread left. Saw him skidding on the road as he turned a corner and thought he was going to collide with another vehicle.

Inconsiderate Driving Cnr Monte Vista Blvd and N1, Monte Vista,7460

1 week 1 day ago

Driver cut in at the robot on the bridge/off ramp to the n1 in diection of Cape Town. Was not in the turning lane but cut across in front of car in correct turning lane to Cape Town.

Inconsiderate Driving - Public Transport Durban Rd

1 week 4 days ago

Overtook on a solid barrier line Your photo upload function does not work. The photo was only 400k and it gives an incorrect error message.

Contact Us

 

Emergency Traffic Control Centre: 021 812 4581
 

 

  • 021 483 5818
  • 08000 92 468 (08000 WC GMT)
  • (Weekdays from 08:00 to 16:00)

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