Due to the recent change in the motoring laws, traffic and police officers can now issue drivers fines for careless or reckless driving. This eliminates the pro-longed process of having to go to court. But what exactly is considered to be careless driving?
Basically anyone who is driving a vehicle on a public road and not giving full attention to their surroundings or being inconsiderate to others is classified as a careless driver. In other words, you can’t be busy with phones, drinking, eating or smoking, as this can easily distract you from the task at hand. While you take a bite of your sandwich, you could easily run a red robot or even hit someone who suddenly decides to cross the road.
Most people are unaware that they might be driving carelessly so familiarise yourself with the law and make sure that your driving habits don’t get seen as offences. Getting distracted by your passenger, fiddling on your phone, which includes reading a message and not just sending one are all popular distractions, so make sure that you give yourself enough time in the mornings to eat, drink and do your make-up before you set off to drive.
With the amount of road accidents in South Africa, it’s our job as motorists to be extra vigilant when we drive. With distractions like satellite navigation and digitalized radios, we easily get our attention taken away from the road and our surroundings, so keep this in mind, keep your record clean and ensure the safety of you and those around you.
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