MATRIC FAREWELL - OUR ADVICE
South Africa has some of the worst road traffic injury statistics in the world. Each year, millions of people are killed or injured on our roads.
These are people who are loved and missed by their families and the impact of the crash will touch hundreds of people and affect many lives. It also impacts on the South African economy and so these lives are not just statistics.
On the social website Facebook we find several photos of scholars busy preparing for their matric dance. Unfortunately we can also expect to find reports in the media during the next few weeks of fatal crashes on the return from the matric dance – and most often from the “after party”.
Many inexperienced drivers will be driving vehicles that they do not usually drive. Not only might these vehicles be more expensive, but of a bigger engine size – and there may be the temptation to impress their partner or other occupants of the vehicle.
It is important that parents and scholars are aware of the threats to the safety of our young road users! Inexperienced driving is a significant threat to road safety and even though the farewell should be alcohol free – after parties might increase the risk of not arriving alive! From a car insurance point of view, it is important to reflect on what your car insurance policy requires. Will the young driver be stipulated as a driver and does he have a drivers license? Will the insurance claim be rejected in the event of drunk driving?
We would like to urge all parents to reflect on the dangers of inexperienced driving – and to ensure that the vehicles on the road to the matric dance are correctly insured!! If you are in breach of the terms of the car insurance policy – you might not be saying farewell to the years of school – but to your holiday plans and financial security!!
We would also like to share the following advice with our young drivers:
Focus on responsible driving, alcohol free driving and impress your date by caring for her safety!!
To make sure that your vehicle and child enjoy full cover, please contact us.
Tel.: 0860 786 847 or E-mail:
Elizna Le Roux