The road can be a daunting place at the best of times. With traffic flowing from all directions and the annual increase in traffic flow, it is very important to always stay abreast of road safety and to follow basic procedures in order to ensure that you help make the road a safer place for both yourself and other road users.
Here are a few basic ways to improve your daily commute and that of all road users:
- Obey the rules of the road at all times and always carry your driver’s licence with you.
- Stick where possible to major routes. If travelling on un-marked roads be sure to obtain details of the nearest towns and filling stations.
- Always ensure that a friend or family member, who is not travelling with you, is aware of the route that you are planning to travel. This is a key safety measure which will ensure that your activities on the road are monitored in the unfortunate event of an accident or breakdown occurring and that help can be dispatched.
- Always think for the “other driver.” By this, you need to be proactive and always ensure that you monitor other cars around you. Sometimes other road users ignore general traffic moves and this increases the chances of an accident occurring.
Pre-trip departure check-list:
- Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure. You need to ensure that all lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults pre departing for your journey.
- Never overload your vehicle (Either passengers or cargo in an overloaded vehicle is dangerous).
- Take breaks every 2-hours if on a longer voyage.
- Always ensure all occupants are wearing seatbelts and no loose objects are scattered throughout your vehicle.
- Never drive tired, and especially never drink and drive!
There are many precautions which we follow instinctively before getting behind the wheel. It is very important that we are all cognisant of following legal road rules and precautions before any journey and that we all follow the basic safety checks set-out above before taking to the road. Here is to many happy and safe travels ahead.