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The role of the RAF is to provide compulsory cover to all users of South African roads, citizens and foreigners, against injuries sustained or death arising from accidents involving motor vehicles within the borders of South Africa.

  • The RAF applies a two-pronged strategy to Road Safety:
    • The first involves proactive programmes that focus on prevention. These are based on raising awareness around Road Safety and educating road users, including RAF employees, taxi organisations, pedestrians, truck drivers, cyclists, athletes and children.
    • The second approach is a reactive one which deals with identifying Road Safety problems from road crash reports and statistical information before implementing Road Safety measures to prevent re-occurrence of road crashes in line with the National Road Safety Strategy.
  • Annually, the RAF develops a Road Crash Forecasting Report using data from various information collection agents such as the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), public and private emergency services, hospitals, provincial and local government traffic authorities, as well as from Statistics South Africa and the Automobile Association.
  • Among other considerations, this data provides for scientifically based Road Safety interventions and strategies, and allows the RAF as well as other entities implementing road safety and law enforcement to align their strategies and campaigns in response to the identified road crash causes and anticipated trends.
  • Why is Road Safety awareness important?
    • The Road Accident Fund, together with other entities within the Ministry of Transport, continuously educate people and create awareness about road safety in order to:
      • Save lives
      • Save South Africa from spending over R143 billion a year on accident related matters. This is money the country could be using to fund free education, small businesses or provide better services for all, to name a few examples.
    • The RAF wishes to use this opportunity to remind everyone to #ALWAYSREMEMBER that their future is partly determined by how they and people around them think and behave on the road.
  • What should parents, communities, and guardians keep in mind particularly about the safety of children on the roads?
    • Children are the future of this nation, we need to teach them about and show them how to obey the rules of the road.
    • Some deaths are avoidable by simply adhering to the rules of the road and the use of restraints such as seat belts and car seats.
    • Parents must talk to their children about road safety and the importance of reporting the school transport drivers when they are not adhering to the rules of the road.
    • We are losing too many lives on our roads and most of them are of innocent young children who should be protected.
    • Practise your rights responsibly; be safe, and always remember that all lives matter.
    • For many, being a victim of a road crash means becoming disabled, losing income or losing a job, or difficulty in finding employment. This affects everyone in the family.
  • What are some of the road safety rules that we should be teaching our children?
    • Do not just cross the road. Stop, look right, left and right again, then cross over.
    • Wear white or bright coloured clothing at night.
    • Use a pedestrian crossing when crossing the road, or cross at the traffic lights.
    • Never stick your hand or any other part of your body outside a moving car, taxi or school transport.
    • Stay seated in the car, taxi or school transport and put your seat belt on.
  • Where can accident victims, family and friends get more information about the RAF?
    • They can call the RAF Call Centre on 0860 23 55 23.
    • Alternatively, claimants can access the RAF at: any of its 100 Hospital Service Centres at public hospitals nationally; five Regional Offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, East London and Cape Town; five Customer Service Centres in Durban, Bloemfontein, Mafikeng, Polokwane, Kimberly and Nelspruit; or five Walk-in-Centres in Vhembe, Port Elizabeth, Mamelodi, Beaufort West, and Newcastle.
    • For further information, they can follow the RAF on:
      • Twitter: @RAF_SA
      • Facebook: Road Accident Fund
      • Instagram: RAF_ROAD

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ROAD SAFETY TIPS

  • Obey the rules of the road and carry your driver’s license with you.
  • Plan the route to your holiday destination and allow yourself enough time to reach the destination.
  • Try to avoid driving after dark, if possible.
  • Make sure that your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition before departure. All lights and indicators, windscreens, windscreen wipers, brakes, steering, shock absorbers, exhaust system and tyres should be carefully examined for faults.
  • Have a good rest before you embark on your journey
  • Take safety breaks every 2 hours or 200km. Rest, have an energy drink and continue once well rested.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Do not overload.
  • Be visible – drive with your lights on.
  • Headlights should be dipped well before an approaching vehicle is within the range of the main beam.
  • Always wear your seat belt and see that everyone in the car is wearing theirs.
  • Stay within the speed limit at all times.
  • Only overtake when it is absolutely safe to do so.
  • Maintain at least a 2-second following distance - this distance should be increased at night, in foggy or rainy conditions and when the road is wet.
  • Avoid distractions on the road such as texting, conversations on cellular phones, applying make-up, etc.
  • Be courteous towards fellow road users - keep your temper and resist the temptation to retaliate.
  • Know your emergency numbers.

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