5 Tips To Ensure You Are Safe In Your Vehicle
Whether you are leaving to go on Holiday on driving to work and back theses vehicle safety tips will assist in keeping everyone safe and the vehicle rolling without breakdowns
1. Always Wear a Seat Belt
Statistcs show that, one in seven adults still do not wear a seat belt when they travel in a car, — this, despite the fact that the death toll on South African roads are very high annually. By increasing seat belt use hundreds of lives can be saved nationally. Wearing a seat belt can also prevent serious injuries from occurring such as from the deployment of air bags or in the event that the car rolls.
If you or someone you love are having trouble understanding how seat belts can save a life, place a carton of eggs on your front passenger seat, accelerate up to 60 km per hour and slam on the brakes as hard as you can. Quite a mess, isn’t it? That’s what happens to your body if you are not wearing a seat belt.
2. Ensure That Children Are In A Car Seat
When driving on the roads it is amazing to see how many parents sit with children on their laps in the passenger seat. The adult is wearing a seat belt. In the event of an accident the force will rip the child from the parent’s grasp resulting in severe injuries or death.
Young children should always be in a child seat in the vehicle and strapped in. The child seat will protect the child a lot more if they are strapped in then a parent would by holding onto the child on their lap.
Since riding in a car seat is as natural to them as the movement of the car itself, getting the children into the seats in the first place is not the safety issue to address. Rather, it is ensuring the child safety seat is properly secured to restrict seat movement in a collision.
You must use the Lower Anchors and attachments for Children straps to tighten the child safety seat properly. Modern cars have anchors tucked into the gap where the bottom rear seat cushion and the seat back meet.
3. Maintain Your Vehicle
If you’re like many south Africans, you’re somewhat indifferent to vehicle maintenance. Before taking a long trip in your car, get it inspected by a qualified mechanic. The last thing you want during your road trip is a vehicle breakdown.
At a minimum, you need to change the oil and oil filter, replace the air filter, check the brake fluid and make sure your tires have enough tread and be sure the tyres are set to the proper tyre pressure. If it’s been several years, you also will want to get new wiper blades, flush the coolant system and perhaps replace the engine’s belts and hoses.
4. Carry an First Aid Kit
It spite of the best-laid plans, your vehicle still could break down during your road trip, or someone in your car could be injured. You could happen upon fellow motorists who require immediate assistance, as well. For these reasons, carrying a First Aid kit is important.
At a minimum, it is suggested that you have first-aid supplies, and a hazard triangle. A can of tyre sealant, jumper cables and a flashlight would also come in handy.
5. Watch Out for People
Always be vigilant when you drive on the road. Follow the correct speed and watch out for pedestrians and other motorists. It is advised that you stop every two hours for a quick body break as driving for too long could result in you losing concentration as your body gets tired.