Put Safety First
Our focus is on saving you money AND keeping your drivers and vehicles safe. In keeping with this we share below our TOP TIPS to help you and your employees avoid the tragedy of an accident or the trauma of a hijacking.
TOP TIPS - How to reduce your accident risk:
Following these simple rules will drastically reduce the risk of serious accident:
- DON’T SPEED – drive within speed limits at all times. It’s better to arrive a few minutes late than not arrive at all. In general an increase in open-road speed from 120km/h to 140km/h would only shorten a trip from Harare to Bulawayo by 15minutes – it’s just not worth it.
- NEVER TOLERATE DRUNK DRIVING – On average 35-50% of all fatal accidents involve a drunk driver. It’s irresponsible and foolish.
- HANG UP & DRIVE – don’t talk on the phone whilst driving. Research shows that motorists who talk on their cellular phones whilst driving are as impaired as drunken drivers.
- REDUCE NIGHT DRIVING – at night you are much more likely to doze at the wheel, your reaction time is much slower, the distance you can see ahead is much shorter, animals on the road are very hard to see and you are exposed to between 5-8 times as many drunk drivers.
- NEVER DRIVE BETWEEN TOWNS AT NIGHT – it’s unnecessary and very high risk.
- TAKE REGULAR BREAKS – if you feel sleepy on a long trip then STOP the vehicle, walk for a few minutes and wash your face with some cool water before resuming your trip. This 2 minute break may save your life.
TOP TIPS - How to avoid a hijack situation:
Statistics indicate that most hijackings happen within a 5km radius from your home – because this is when you are in your comfort zone. It is important to ensure that you are always aware and alert when you leave or enter your premises.
- MOST hijackings take place in home driveways. Check your driveway and street before you leave or enter your premises. Be on the look-out for suspicious vehicles/persons.
- At road junctions, leave enough space between your car and the one ahead of you to allow you to escape.
- When approaching a red traffic light at night, slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green.
- If a car has driven into the rear of your car, and the impact is fairly light, wave to the driver to follow you to somewhere safe to trade necessary information.
- When approaching your vehicle, always have your keys ready but not visible. Be aware of your surroundings and if you notice any suspicious behavior immediately walk away from your car towards a safe area.
- If you suspect you are being followed, take a different route home. If you still think you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station..
- Beware of anyone trying to tell you that there is something wrong with your car, unless you know that they are right and it is dangerous to drive on.
- IF you are a victim of a car-hijacking;
- DO NOT PUT UP A FIGHT OR RESIST
- Do exactly as told by the hijackers.
- Do not reach for your purse or valuables.
- Be co-operative and do not pose a threat to the criminals in any way.