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21 December 2018

The festive season is here! It is the time of year where everyone make time to spend with their loved ones and creating happy memories that will stay with them long after the season has passed. 


It should not be a time of sorrow marred by vehicle crashes or road fatalities while travelling to your holiday destination. 


That’s why Bakwena has again partnered with Motus Corporation and Hyundai South Africa for six patrolling vehicles to be added to their existing route patrols on the N1N4 route. 


These six vehicles were handed over on Wednesday, 5 December and will effectively assist with visible policing, crash assistance, route surveillance as well as assist motorists who find themselves in distress while travelling the N1N4 toll route. 


Charmaine van Wyk of Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire urges motorists to abide by the rules of the road, adhere to the speed limits, be extra cautious and alert when approaching busy intersections and areas of high traffic volumes, and avoid unsafe overtaking. 


Van Wyk encourages motorists to plan their journey ahead of time and try to avoid travelling in the peak periods.

“Ensure your planning includes sufficient time to stop and take a break at least every two hours or after travelling for 200km during your journey.

Driver fatigue occurs when motorists have not had enough time to rest before embarking on a long journey and potentially could lead to crashes and fatalities,” said Van Wyk. 


VAN WYK HAS THE FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS FOR ROAD USERS:


Ensure your vehicle is road worthy before your trip and your services are up to date to avoid unnecessary breakdowns.
Plan your journey to avoid travelling in the peak period. 


Peak periods are expected on N1 north and N4 west on the 14th, 21st, 22nd, 24th and 31st December 2018 between 12:00 till 20:00 - and on the N1 south and N4 east on the 2nd and 6th January 2019 between 12:00 till 20:00. 
During busy periods, Bakwena will ensure that all lanes at our plazas are open in the peak direction. 
Maintain a safe following distance of at least three seconds or more between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. This distance should be increased at times of low visibility and when the road is wet. 
Stick to the speed limit.


Do not drink and drive, this is one of the leading major causes contributing to crashes in South Africa.
Avoid texting and driving, leave the texting in the hands of your passengers.
Remember to stop and take a break at least every two hours.


Be cautious and do not stop along the side of the road unless you are faced with an emergency. 


If faced with an emergency while travelling the N1N4 route, the number to dial is 0800 BAKWENA / 0800 2259362, use the information on the blue km board markers to identify your location when requesting assistance or reporting incidents.


Bakwena would like to take this opportunity to wish our road users and their families a safe and happy holiday season.

Bakwena has again partnered with Motus Corporation and Hyundai South Africa for six patrolling vehicles to be added to their existing route patrols on the N1N4 route. 

 

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