BE SAFE – NOT SORRY – THIS FESTIVE SEASON
Schools across Zimbabwe officially close for 2023 on 1 December and reopen on 09 January 2024. The expected increase in traffic volumes on the country’s major routes means road users will have to ensure they are vigilant and focused on the road. Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance (DZRA) again urges all motorists, passengers, and pedestrians to be responsible, and play their part in making holiday traffic safer.
“Traditionally this is an extremely dangerous time to be on our roads; fatalities over this period spike, especially on those routes where volumes increase substantially such as highways and rural roads. All road users should be aware of these increases in traffic volumes, and adjust their behaviour accordingly, if you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to have your vehicle inspected, especially if you’re planning on a long trip. “A mechanically sound vehicle, with tyres that are in good condition, is essential to ensuring a safe journey. If you have any doubt as to the quality and condition of any part of your vehicle, check it out before you leave. This counts for any other vehicle you may be towing such as a trailer or caravan. Having Drive Zim membership – and access to the DZRA app is equally important but not needing to use the services should be your priority,” says the Association.
Apart from this, Drive Zim says a good attitude while on the road is vital.
“Law enforcement efforts will intensify during the holiday period but it’s still the responsibility of every road user to be courteous to others and to observe the rules of the road. Speed limits are not targets, and seatbelts are not just accessories. Drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and even those on motorbikes should not use electronic devices, and everyone – including front passengers – should focus on the road. Unless everyone makes an effort to be safe on our roads, our country’s woeful road safety statistics will not improve.
Personal safety should also be a consideration for travellers especially as there are still many reports of motorists being targeted, physically harmed, and robbed of their possessions. Drive Zim advises travellers to plan their routes carefully, monitor radio and social media reports for road conditions and potential hazards on their routes, and take extra precautions for long journeys. “The holiday period is a time for family and friends and every measure should be taken to ensure you arrive safely at your destination, and back home again. Taking a chance with unroadworthy vehicles and tyres is not worth the risk and could lead to serious consequences for you, your family, and other road users,” concludes Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance.
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