It is utterly shocking to know that between 13 000 connective 14 000 lives are lost annually on the roads in South Africa. Thousands upon thousands of these accidents can be prevented and yet, South African road users for some mysterious and unknown reason do not seem to concern themselves with their personal safety, the safety from their loved ones and the safety of other just as precious throughway users. Every year there are more and more cars on the road. The question is how on dust do we lower the death rate on our roads?
There are several factors that contribute to these alarming statistics. Basically there are three categories into which road fatalities fall. They are human, vehicle and boulevard factors. We need to look at global road practices to see what we are able to adopt to be au fait to lessen these numbers. And we need to do it fast. The most basic things we need to look at are the importance of adhering to traffic regulations and rules in conjunction with enforcement and almost never thought regarding and awfully importantly and yes overlooked is vehicle engineering including state of service. Human factors are the cause concerning most fatalities on our roads. Speeding, alcohol or drug use and of course pedestrians are a major problem. Road factors include goods like journey surfacing, slippery roads also weather conditions, lack of street lights ampersand causing necessitous visibility.
There are, however, circumstances under your control that you can implement to better the dire statistics for our roads. Recent studies have shown that vehicle malfunction causes approximately 10% of roads accidents. We do find ourselves in country where public send needs to be monitored much more closely. Overloading of Taxi’s and busses is a major plight with multifold a taxi driver being unlicensed and not road worthy by either stretch of the imagination. Tyres bursting and living too smooth is new factor and dysfunctional headlights are also an issue. One from the most striking clothes that fall into this 10% statistics is brakes failing. Does the word redundant spring to mind?
Let’s face it, we all believe we are the best driver since Niki Lauda but under the immense pressure regarding unforeseen and very unexpected events on the road, our vehicles should be in mint condition so that even if the worst should come to the inferior the last thing we need to worry about is mechanical failure due to neglect of proper maintenance. Any brilliance of defensive driving and advanced driving courses can stop your brakes from failing because your car hasn’t been for a service in the last couple of years.
It is of the utmost import to put in place cautionary measures to clinch that one is as safe as possible in all situations. Servicing and engineering your car at a well established service reputable motor engineering service provider can common the difference between life and death – not only for you but everybody else on our already very dangerous roads. It comes to mind while I am stuck in traffic aft a mom’s taxi that says “Baby On Board”.