Public Protector

11 November 2016 - By Eugene Herbert

The intrigue with ‘State Capture” – while a welcome diversion – seems to
have diverted the attention of many from some of the fundamental challenges we
face daily on our roads.

While we would probably welcome the attention of the erstwhile public
protector, it’s not likely that we would get same, notwithstanding the dire
need we have to protect our public.

In view of that we share with you the “state of driving" and
relegate the responsibility of protecting the public to you – the driver.

Read and share some of the following salient points, never forgetting
that we could probably fill at least 359 pages if really pressed.

10 basic concepts of defensive driving:

1.   Don't
start the engine without securing each passenger in the car, including children
and pets. Safety belts save many thousands of lives each year.

2.   Leave
space to escape dangerous situations – particularly at intersections where
hijackers may lurk when approaching the Gupta mansion.

3.   Slow
down, especially during inclement weather conditions or at night.

4.   Always
adhere to speed limits.

5.   Concentrate
on your driving at all times and keep a watchful eye on pedestrians and animals
along the roadside.

6.   Expect
the unexpected and plan for escape routes.

7.   Never
drive if you are impaired by lack of sleep or being under the influence.

8.   Check
your mirrors frequently, you never know who may be following you with a view to
‘capturing you’.

9.   Assume
that drivers will run through stop signs or red lights and be prepared to

10. Follow
the rules of the road. Don't contest the right of way or try to race another
car. Be respectful of other motorists.

You too can become a defensive driver – and be a public protector.

>     Start
practicing now by checking your mirrors constantly.

>     Always
be aware of what is on your right, your left and behind you.

>     Check
the road ahead. What is on the horizon, what is happening in front of the car
ahead of you?

>     Learn
to make eye to eye contact with drivers and pedestrians. That way you know they
see you.

>     Look
at the front wheels of the cars parked on the side of the road. If you see a
car with the wheels turned to the right, is it going to suddenly pull out?

>     Be
prepared for the unexpected

Till next time - Drive Safe and remember, it’s that time of the year
when powerful people (indeed if behind the wheel some people see themselves as
such) drive under the influence.

Eugene Herbert

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