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

Reckless Driving regent

3 days 3 hours ago

Taxi driving the wrong way down the road, stopped in the wrong lane on the right hand side facing oncoming traffic and blocked all traffic.

Illegal Parking Queen Victoria, cnr Perth

6 days 23 hours ago

Parked on the pavement outside a pedestrian entrance to St Martini Gardens, obstructing free movement of pedestrians. Common on this spot

Reckless Driving N2

1 week 1 day ago

The truck tailgated me. I maintained the speed limit. The driver overtook my car on the left-hand side.

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)

Safely Home Reporter

 

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