The Festive season is on our doorstep, and along with all the holiday excitement comes the anticipated high traffic volumes on various routes in and out of Gauteng.

In light of increased calls to escalate road safety and in a bid to curb fatalities on South Africa’s roads, Bakwena N1N4 has again partnered with Motus Corporation (Motus) and welcomes new vehicle sponsor, KIA Motors South Africa. The partnership with Motus starting in 2012, ensures visible policing during the peak holiday seasons.

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Surviving road trips with kids in tow

Cabin fever is real, folks. With Level 1 of our lockdown now well underway, many families will be chomping at the bit to get back on the road, especially as the holiday season fast approaches. But after months spent cooped up indoors at home, the last thing you’re probably looking for is any additional drama en route, when all you need is relaxation and fun.

“Many families are expected to take to the roads this holiday, rather than the skies, even as travel restrictions continue to be lifted. Road trips certainly offer a bit more flexibility, because with all the disruptions of this year they can still be planned at the last minute or cancelled easily. Road trips also reduce contact with other travellers and allow families to have a rewarding experience together, often at a lower cost,” says Riaz Haffejee, CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, manufacturer of the iconic Dunlop tyres (Dunlop).

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Get a grip on road safety this holiday season

It’s sobering information, but did you know that South Africa has one of the highest per capita road death rates in the world? And that over the last decade more than 15000 people have lost their lives on our roads during the busy year-end vacation season alone?

According to the Department of Transport, the number of fatal road crashes over the 2019/2020 festive season was just shy of 1400 and resulted in more than 1600 fatalities between 1 December 2019 and 15 January 2020.

While human factors (such as jaywalking, hit-and-runs and excessive speed) are the leading cause of traffic accidents, followed by environment factors such as road conditions, you can still adjust your behaviour and address the most important vehicle factors to reduce the likelihood of becoming a statistic over the holiday period.

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