WATCH: A safe self-drive safari guide all bushwackers should check out

2017-04-28 10:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Yes to Finding Your Escape! If you are planning a self-drive safari anytime soon - like most safari-loving bushwhackers - you need to know a thing or two about driving safely out in the bushveld.

As cute as they may be, wildlife can unfortunately be vacation-killers too. But thanks to Arrive Alive, now there's a "guide to safe driving on safari/driving  out in nature reserves” to help you stay calm if you do happen to find yourself in any unwanted such situations.

SEE: Find Your Long-Weekend Escape

In this share footage, the safety initiative urges you to take the following precautions when faced with any wildlife dilemma:

Do not make any noise
Do not use flashlight when taking pictures
Always keep a safe distance of at least 30 meters
Never leave you car
Turn back early to avoid congestion
Do not block other cars
Always keep traffic lane free

Always observe the speed limit

SEE: Kruger with the kids: How to make the most of this popular day trip

Traveller24 Tip: This long weekend if you are hitting the long road, travellers are kindly advised to be extra cautious. 

Be smart about road safety to ensure the smoothest possible trip for you and your family. 

Keep some of these Road Safety Tips in mind: 

- If you’re planning a road trip make sure your car is roadworthy and get it serviced to avoid any unwanted road-side situations. This also means checking the obvious stuff like having a container of water in the boot and that your spare wheel is in working order. 

- Drinking? Make sure your group has a designated driver as alcohol severely impairs your driving ability and is often the cause of many road incidents 

- Be courteous on the road. Rather give way and practice caution by not overtaking on blind spots or barrier lines. This can go a long way to ensuring you and your family stay safe, since you cannot vouch for somebody else’s driving abilities.

- Buckle up. Enough said. 

- Use your headlights during the day to increase your visibility. 

- Most people forget that texting or talking on your cellphone is actually a criminal offence. Yes, we’re talking to you the driver of the car straddling lanes, swerving all over the place, driving ridiculously slow and almost hitting the motorcyclist.  Just don’t do it. 

- Stick to the speed limit. Enjoy the journey and arrive alive at your intended destination. 

- With that said, make sure you don’t overextend yourself while driving. It helps if you have a tag driver to share some of the load with you. If you have to do all the driving yourself, make regular stops as being overtired, impairs your ability as much as alcohol does.
- Be aware of weather forecasts, visibility impaired during bad weather while thunderstorms, hail or flash flooding can also be detrimental. 

- Pre-program useful apps and contacts numbers such the or ER24 - their Emergency Contact Centre can be reached 24 hours a day on 084 124.  

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