According to Times Live a total of 1612 people died on our roads during the 2018/2019 festive season. The report covered the period from December 1, 2018 to January 8, 2019.
With over 134 000 road deaths over the last 10 years, what are the predominant causes of these accidents?
Cellphones, Alcohol and Lawlessness are the 3 main causes of accidents on our South African roads.
Understanding these causes could help you save not only your life but the lives of others too.
Texting and talking on a cell phone while driving is said to reduce a drivers concentration by 37%. Reading and replying to one text message can take as long as 52 seconds. At 60km/h, this is equivalent to driving ‘blind’ for one kilometre, and makes the driver four times more likely to have an accident, according to Zulu and Observer
According to Arrive Alive, half of the people who die on our roads have a blood alcohol concentration above 0.05 grams per 100 millilitres.
Drinking and driving can reduce a drivers reflex and reaction time by 120 milliseconds and when driving at a speed of 60km/h + this can mean life or death.
Alcohol also slows eye muscle function, reducing one’s ability to see clearly, causing poor hand-eye coordination.
There are road laws set in place for a reason and accidents happen when drivers disregard these laws.
This includes swerving, weaving in and out of traffic, overtaking in the face of oncoming traffic, tailgating, overtaking on blind corners, skipping red lights, braking suddenly, making U-turns and speeding.
While you might think that your driving abilities are top notch, most vehicle accidents are caused by human error.
It only takes a split second for an accident to take place, causing major damage to the vehicles involved, serious injury and even death.
Keep these stats in mind the next time you get impatient behind a truck, decide to quickly reply to a text while behind the wheel, or have that one extra drink before you drive home.