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

Uys Krige Drive

1 week 3 days ago

Bike drove next to my car in the yellow line, forced me to the left. I accelerated, stopped at a robot.

Illegal Parking Welgelegen Road, Mowbray

1 week 2 days ago

One car Parked illegally over fire hydrant and another one over yellow line.

Reckless Driving Voortrekker Street

1 week 6 days ago

Reckless driving. Tried to overtake at high speed over a barrier line and almost unable reduce speed behind me. Drove too close to other vehicles and disregarded lanes by driving in wrong lane.

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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