The Easter holidays are almost upon us, which means the roads are getting busier. It’s common knowledge that the roads in South Africa are full of surprises, which is why we feel the need to prevent the “scary unknown”. Sometimes potholes can catch you off guard, or driving at night can make you nervous. This is where the Datsun GO comes in, designed to take you safely from point A to point B in style.
The Datsun GO is equipped to handle everything – from emergency situations on highways to complex city traffic – with ventilated disc brakes that allow the car to come to a complete halt in just 33m from a speed of 100km/h. To ensure you’re always focusing on the road ahead, we’ve designed spinal support seats specifically to help reduce driver fatigue.
There’s no need to stress when driving on long roads without street lights because the Datsun GO’s lights provide a comprehensive spread with extended reach for excellent visibility in darker driving conditions. Instead of just helping you survive accidents, we want to prevent accidents from happening altogether. The Datsun GO is up for the challenge of creating a safe driving experience, but we know that the roads are sometimes unpredictable, so we’ve come up with a few driving safety tips to keep you safe during the holidays.
- Before embarking on any holiday travels, always take your vehicle for a full service to ensure everything is in good condition.
- Don’t drive when you’ve been drinking. If you’re going out on the town, make sure you have a designated driver, or call an Uber.
- Always drive with your windows closed and your doors locked, and keep your valuables out of sight. If you need to open your window, open it so that a hand is unable to fit through.
- Avoid stopping on the highway. Instead, take the next off-ramp to stop in a more public area.
- Avoid all distractions. Keep both eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel. Be especially alert when approaching traffic lights, intersections and level crossings.
- Be courteous towards fellow road users – keep your temper in check and resist the temptation to retaliate.
- If there is fog, reduce your speed and either turn your headlights on low or use fog lamps. Use the road markings or the verge of the road as a guide and be very alert for unexpected looming obstacles.
- Only overtake other drivers when it is entirely safe to do so.
- In the event of an accident, take a series of photos from different angles around the vehicle. File an accident report with the police within 24 hours and get your case number for insurance purposes.
- Stay within the speed limit at all times.
The only thing you should have to worry about is creating the ultimate playlist for your road trip – not any unexpected surprises on the road. Follow this guide throughout these Easter holidays and beyond to help keep you and your passengers safe.