For most South Africans, trucks are a hazard which contributes significantly to the country’s unacceptably high road accident rate. But trucks are more than a motorist’s nightmare – they play a vital part in keeping the economy humming.
With 86 percent of the freight transported annually in the country going via road[i], trucks are the lifeblood of industry and commerce. Remove them from the roads and South Africa would grind to a halt. Shop shelves would be empty, and even fuel would not get delivered to local petrol stations.
It is therefore critical that South African motorists get to grips with living with trucks – and start treating them with more respect and adjusting their driving to safely navigate them.
This Transport Month, MiWay Insurance – voted South Africa’s best provider of car insurance by the 2019/2020 Ask Afrika Icon Brands Survey – has compiled a guide to help other motorists co-exist safely with trucks:
Most importantly, MiWay urges that motorists exercise patience when encountering trucks.
Losing a few seconds or a minute or two won’t make that much difference to your day, while an accident could. In fact, getting impatient could cost you your life.
MiWay is a Licensed insurer & FSP 33970. Ts & Cs apply.
[i] Road Freight Association of South Africa
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Don’t overtake and then cut in front of a truck. Fully-laden trucks weigh many tonnes. They need much more space to brake in and come to a safe stop. https://t.co/YiT2TL1C7c #ArriveAlive pic.twitter.com/SqggHHVFDG
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) October 21, 2019
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