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Editor — THROUGH your paper, The Patriot, I would like to wish all road users a safe festive season on our roads.

More vehicles on our roads and poor road maintenance have left many of our roads in bad shape as well as being potholed and this necessitates much more careful driving.

Speed kills; the faster you drive, the less reaction time you have and the greater the impact in the event of a crash. 

When driving on wet, unsurfaced, gravel or dust roads, reduce your speed and avoid tailgating.

To minimise the carnage that has now become common on our roads, road users must:

– Obey the rules of the road. 

– Plan the route to your holiday destination and give yourself enough time to reach the destination.

– Plan rest stops along the way.

Vehicle fitness 

– Make sure your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure.

– All lights and indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.

– Take your vehicle for a full check before embarking on your holiday travels!

– Check your shock absorbers before starting your trip!

– Do not overload your vehicle.

Defensive driving

– Drive defensively! 

Risk takers are collision makers!

– Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within range of the main beam.

– Stay within the speed limit at all times.

– 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.

– Always place your valuables in the boot of your car and never leave items such as cell phones and wallets in open sight, unattended or on the seat of a car. Remember to carry your licence.

Lucia Mtombeni, 

Masvingo.

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