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Safety this season

Timoci Satakala, Manager Road Safety Lta
Saturday, December 22, 2012

During this Festive season, it is important to check your vehicle is well maintained and serviced.

* Driver Road Safety.

It's up to you as the driver of the vehicle to stay safe on the road and be responsible for the safety of any passengers you are carrying. Make sure your car is in a good, safe condition and you know how to anticipate other road users' actions.

mAs the driver of your vehicle, it is your responsibility to ensure that you and your car are fit for the road.

mMake sure you are fit to drive before getting behind the wheel.

mDrink only non-alcoholic drinks.

mListen to the weather news regularly.

mTake plenty of rests on long drives.

mWear your seat belt.

mDrive within the speed limit.

mDo not drive if:

mYou feel tired or unwell.

mYou have been drinking alcohol.

mYou are taking drugs or medicines that can make you drowsy.

mVehicle Road Safety.

The law requires that a driver must keep their vehicle in a good and safe condition.

* Tyres

Check your tyre pressures

Check the tread depth (at least 1.6mm)

* Lights

mKeep all lights clean.

mCheck that they are working.

mBe careful not to dazzle other road users.

mWindscreens and wipers

mKeep your windscreen clean and clear.

mRemember to keep your washers topped-up.

mDo not put stickers on the windows.

* Passenger Road Safety.

mAs a driver of a vehicle you should make sure that your passengers are safe.

mFront seat passengers must wear a seat belt.

mBack seat passengers must wear a seat belt (if fitted).

mYounger children should be placed in an appropriate child car seat.

mPassengers should always enter and exit the car on the pavement side of the vehicle.

* Pedestrians

mGive way to pedestrians on pedestrian crossings.

mWatch out for children dashing out.

mRemember that behind every ball is a child.

mChildren expect you the adult driver to look after them on the road.

mOlder people need more time to cross the road—be patient.

mWhen turning at a junction give way to pedestrians who are crossing the road.