December is upon us and Jeffreys Bay is gearing up for the annual influx of holiday makers. Some locals will be working hard whilst others prefer to travel elsewhere and to return once the silly season has ended.

Whether you will be visiting the surf mecca of South Africa with its golden beaches or just travelling through, arriving alive is what it is all about. Don’t forget these important tips:

1 Obey the rules of the road and carry your drivers license with you.

2 Plan the route to your holiday destination and give your self enough time to reach the destination.

3 Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure. All lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.

Luckily the main highways in South Africa are not that hair raising anymore.

4 Do not overload.

5 Try to avoid driving after dark if possible.

6 Have a good rest before you embark on your journey.

7 Take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200 km.

8 Do not drink and drive.

9 Try to recognize potentially dangerous drivers on and pedestrians alongside the road and keep well clear of them.

10 Be visible – drive with your lights on.

11 Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.

12 Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.

13 Drive defensively.

14 Stay within the speed limit at all times.

15 Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so.

16 Maintain at least a 2 second following distance – this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.

17 Expect others not to be as obedient to the law as yourself.

18 Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate.

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