Tips to travelling safely these holidays

The festive season is one of the busiest and most dangerous times on our roads. Imperial Road Safety has put together some tips to ensure that you and your family are travelling safely on the roads these holidays.

Fight fatigue

Fatigue is one of the main causes of car crashes. Fatigue-related car crashes can have many causes… Sleep deprivation, sleeping disorders, time of day that you are driving and travelling long distances without a break. It is important for drivers and their travel companions to be able to identify signs of fatigue. These may include sore eyes, nodding off, constant yawning, drifting over lanes, slow reactions and trouble keeping the head upright.

You can counter driver fatigue temporarily with comfort breaks every two hours. You can drink water, eat light foods, listen to music and ensure good ventilation. Sufficient uninterrupted sleep is the only way to really fight fatigue. The recommended number of hours is 7 – 8 hours. Avoid taking any medicine (including antihistamine tablets) before a long trip as it may cause drowsiness.

Keep your eyes on the road

A ‘quick’ SMS or phone call or a change of radio stations takes your mind and eyes off the road. The mobile phone is one of the biggest distractions to drivers because it demands full attention… Visual, manual, and cognitive, which causes you to take your eyes off the road, hands off the steering wheel, and your mind off the road. For every second we take our eyes and minds off the road, we lose one second in our average reaction and stopping time. Avoid being distracted. Focus on the task at hand: driving safely.

Get into the routine of good driving habits

Ensure you wear your safety belt at all times. Refrain from drinking and driving. Ensure your children are restrained in the  appropriate car seat. Do not speed; especially in reduced visibility situations and remember to keep a safe following distance.

Never overtake on a blind rise or on a corner. Make sure that you are always visible by driving with your headlights on, even during the day. Travel safely by keeping a safe following distance (3 x cars space). Remember, getting to your destination safely and with other road users safety in mind, should be the most important thing on your mind when travelling.

Safer roads start with YOU!

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