Vehicle Safety Checks 

Most vehicle breakdowns are avoidable and simple checks can help you have a safer journey and guarantee safety to all road users. Check your tyres, fuel, oil and water.

We recommend you carry out a few quick and easy checks to ensure you, your occupants and your vehicle are safely equipped to drive and arrive safely.

You and your journey

  • Make sure you are well rested and are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Plan your route before leaving, and identify opportunities for you to take a break if necessary during your journey. If you make a stop, you should continue to follow covid-19 secure guidelines and limit contact time with others.

Tyre tread

  • Check tread depth for car tyres being 1.6mm. Driving without the legally required amount of tread can adversely affect your grip, braking distance and steering.

Tyre pressure

  • Driving with underinflated or overinflated tyres can adversely affect your braking distance, steering, fuel efficiency and the lifetime of your tyres.

Fuel level

  • Always keep your tank at least one-quarter full to avoid running out on your journey.

Oil level

  • Maintaining the correct oil level is essential as the oil lubricates, cleans, cools and protects the moving parts of your engine, preventing your engine from seizing up and breaking down.

Water level

  • To ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear any debris or dirt off your windscreen.


  • Your lights are not only essential for you, they are also essential for other drivers to understand how you are driving your vehicle and how you intend to manoeuvre.

Act to save lives

Pedestrian safety

See and be Seen, Never assume that you have been seen - many disturbances might attract the attention of the motorist, including a low sun in the early morning or late afternoon.

Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals. Walk on sidewalks wherever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.


In order to effect a lasting change in the current road safety situation ensure you drive or ride at the recommended speed limits prescribed on road signs. Follow the Highway Code regulations. The faster you go, the more likely you are to crash. The faster you crash, the more likely you are to die. Avoid speed and act towards reducing the daily carnage on our roads.


The risk of long hours spent on a long drive trip would most likely contribute to sleep. If you start to feel sleepy, find a safe place to stop and rest.

Plan your journey to include a 15 minutes break every 2 to 3 hours. Rest well before your journey, while in between stops drink two cups of coffee or a high- caffeine drink and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes to allow for the caffeine to kick in.

Distracted Driving

Avoid all forms of distracted driving including use of the mobile phone while driving. Put your phone away before starting a journey, this way you won’t be tempted to use it. Avoid frequent operation of radio or video watching while driving. “It’s better to be safe than sorry”.

Alcohol Drink and Drug Driving

Alcohol Drink and Drug Driving are illegal and put lives at risk.  Driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug having a narcotic effect, or with an excessive amount of alcohol in blood or breath alters the functioning of the body and results in impairment.

Impairment leads to poor judgment, increased reaction time, lowered vigilance, and decreased ability to see well. These effects increase the likelihood of involvement in a road traffic crash.

If planning to drink alcohol or party for the weekend, plan on how to get home without driving or walking. Save a taxi number on your phone to assist you reach your home safely.

Road user sensitization

Empowering Road Users with knowledge

Strive to achieve best practice in road safety, especially in low- and middle-income countries where more than 90 per cent of the world’s road fatalities occur.