Whether you are a new or experienced driver, the following tips should be respected to keep you safer on the South African roads:
1. Stick to the rules of the road
One of the easiest ways to stay safe is to abide by the rules of the road. Do not exceed the speed limit or jump the robots even if your passenger is impatient and demands that you do so. It is your responsibility to follow the rules of the road.
After all, these rules have been put in place with the intention of keeping both you, your passenger and other road users safe.
2. Know your city
Before hitting the road, take time to do the necessary research so that you know which your low and high-risk areas are. If a trip requires you to drive into an area that is known to be dangerous, we suggest that you travel along routes that make use of main roads and well-lit streets where there is ample traffic, whilst remaining vigilant.
3. Respect your driver/passenger
Be polite and refrain from yelling or swearing at your driver/passenger. Adopt the mentality that it is both the passenger and driver’s responsibility to ensure that your trip is a safe and successful one.
4. Keep your eyes on the road
Do not text and drive as this is illegal and extremely dangerous. Do not talk on the phone even if you have a hands-free handset. No matter what, your eyes should be focused on the road.
5. Stop your vehicle completely when picking-up or dropping off a passenger
It is best if you pull up your handbrake and put your transmission in park until your passenger is safely in the car or a safe distance from the car after drop-off. In this way, you can prevent accidents from happening and your passenger’s safety is prioritized.
6. Never stop on railway tracks
Do not stop on railway tracks and if you can avoid these completely, even better! Stopping on railway tracks is one of the riskiest things you can do and can be fatal. It’s best if you rather avoid routes with railways, completely.
7. Get enough rest
Do not over exert yourself by trying to squeeze in as many ride requests as possible. Take proper breaks from the busy roads and give yourself ample rest.
Overtime, you come to learn that there is no such thing as being too safe on the road. Respecting road safety rules are essential in protecting both you and your passenger during rideshare trips so that you reach your desired destination safely.