You can protect your eyes with a few basic safety suggestions. Even though a pair of prescription sunglasses is the best eye protection, the following suggestions are worth remembering:
For additional safety information visit “Eye Protection and Road Safety”
Today is a time for all road users and car owners to take some time and reflect on the environment and global warming. This day is also known as a day when Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights.
Responsible car owners are urged to support this initiative – the Arrive Alive website has decided to include information on the website about the Environment and the Bus Rapid Transit System [BRT] to create awareness of how road safety initiatives may benefit our environment!
Vehicle tracking is no longer a necessity only for the most advanced of fleet management companies! New technology and the increase of vehicle tracking providers have made vehicle tracking affordable and available for every motorist. Unfortunately so too has the increase in small operators who promise the moon and the stars but seem unable to find it!
The benefits of vehicle tracking might be well known amongst fleet managers – but perhaps not so amongst the average vehicle owner. It is important for the vehicle owner to be alert to the benefits that vehicle equipment and tracking software can have in protecting the physical safety and the general well being of loved ones.
The Arrive Alive road safety website has compiled a guide for vehicle owners on the benefits of vehicle tracking and also on some of the aspects to consider when approached by sales people marketing their vehicle tracking technologies.
Many of the vehicle tracking suppliers will try to impress with sales talk and fancy brochures claiming to be the best. The truth is there is no ‘best’ vehicle tracking supplier, but there will be a supplier whose vehicle tracking products and services meet your specific requirements, are reliable, well established, and offer good support at the right price.
Visit the section “Vehicle Tracking and Road Safety” for information on how this technology can enhance your safety on the road.
It is alarming to know that more than half of the vehicles on the road might not be insured! The crime statistics in South Africa provide more than enough reason for any responsible vehicle owner to purchase insurance! Not only do we need insurance against the risk of theft and hijacking – but also to cover damages incurred from road crashes.
Over the last couple of years the cost of repairs has increased dramatically and there has been a significant increase in the average cost of a claim. An increase in vehicle theft, accidents and rising repair costs force insurance companies to recalculate the risk and cost of insuring our vehicles.
Common sense dictates that you cannot afford to drive an uninsured vehicle. If you are an uninsured driver, you alone are responsible for covering the costs of repairing your car or even buying a new one if it is seriously damaged. You will also bear the legal costs of trying to claim damages from another uninsured driver without the assistance of an insurer.
It is important to see insurance as a necessity – and something which needs to be acquired at the time of purchase – not a month later!
The Arrive Alive road safety website has made available information to guide car owners about “car insurance and road safety”. May this assist road users to concentrate on the road rather than think about and confront additional financial threats!
The head of Ericsson Southern Africa’s marketing unit was killed when his Ultima Spyder, reported to be a British-manufactured kit car, burst into flames after colliding with a Lamborghini on Sandton’s William Nicol Drive. The Spyder burst through a fence, rolled, came to a standstill in the veld and burst into flames.
There was only slight damage to the Lamborghini.
More information on this is available at “Sports cars in dice of death”
What would the effect of the economic downturn be on road safety? Would we be able to replace our worn-out tyres in time or would many road users extend this for another thousand kilometres…? With so many non-roadworthy vehicles and overloaded taxis on the road this is indeed a cause for concern!
I remember that someone once explained the importance of tyre safety by illustrating the part of a vehicle that is in touch with the road surface. This is no more than 4 pieces of an A4 piece of paper! If you are driving a vehicle at 120km/h it becomes important that this contact is accurate and that it will enable you to steer and brake safely!
On the Arrive Alive website we have previously added various bits and pieces about tyre safety and decided to do some maintenance work with a new section titled “Road Safety and Tyre Safety”.
We would like to urge all our road users to follow strict discipline with regards to inspecting and maintaining proper tyre safety! This is something to be done regularly and with the assistance of the tyre safety experts. May we not neglect these most important components of road safety!
Early yesterday morning a Top 100 SA Company requested information about pregnancy and safe driving. Content was developed and added to the Arrive Alive website about aspects such as wearing of seatbelts, airbags etc. We would also like to add a few bits of advice on Car Blog with regards to adjustments within the vehicle of the mother-to-be:
• Make sure your seat is positioned comfortable and not too close to the steering wheel (in case of an accident and the air bag deploys).
• Leave some space (at least 10 cm) between your belly and steering wheel, bend back slightly. [Whilst still able to observe]
• If possible -use a vehicle with adjustable steering wheels and seats so that you can customize your seating position to optimize your control over the car.
• Check your view out of your mirrors if you push your seat back or change the height of the steering wheel.
• Make sure that after you adjust your seat you can still comfortably reach the accelerator, brake, and clutch – if you are stretching to reach the pedals, it could affect your reaction time.
• Remove coats or jackets that restrict your ability to move freely behind the wheel and learn to rely on the heating system of the vehicle to keep you warm.
• Always wear your seatbelt and leave air bags operational / turned –on!
Operational activities at an accident scene are also described as “Incident Management” – a term used to describe the process whereby a set of coordinated activities are initiated when an incident occurs on a road network, in order to minimise the direct and secondary effects of the incident, as well as to restore traffic to normal operating conditions.
As road users we need to be aware of the importance of accident scene safety and why we need to do everything possible to allow time and space for emergency personnel. The first hour after an accident is called the Golden Hour – physicians say seriously injured car crash victims need to reach comprehensive medical care within 60 minutes to ensure a good chance of survival. At the accident scene, this scenario leaves about 12 minutes for rescuers to extricate the wounded and speed them toward the hospital.
Sensitive, competent handling of victims in the immediate aftermath of the accident can have a tremendous impact on both the victim’s subsequent psychological recovery and on law enforcement efforts to solve the case.
On the Arrive Alive road safety website we have added a section on “Accident Scene Safety”. We would like to invite all motorists to gain awareness on safe behaviour near accident scenes!