Durban – South African National Road Agency SOC Ltd (Sanral) predicted that peak traffic on national roads could start earlier than usual, since December and January holidays, as well as the closure of public schools on December 12 and the opening a week after the first January.
In a statement, Sanral said that the movement will start climbing for the week of school closures, and traffic volumes will become very heavy from Friday, December 14, which is the beginning of a long weekend and when the construction industry closes during the holiday season.
Christmas falls on Tuesday this year, which means that traffic can start on Friday earlier.
“The end of the holiday period is also somewhat different: the New Year comes on Tuesday, and today open public schools are opening on January 8. This could mean peak traffic on Mondays earlier, ”the statement said.
“The N3 highway between Gauteng and the coastal resorts of KwaZulu-Natal is in good condition, and travelers will not experience any delays caused by road works in the upcoming holiday season,” he continued.
Vusi Mona, Sanral Communications Manager, said road conditions are good, and vacationers can expect uninterrupted trips along the whole route, prohibiting unforeseen traffic accidents or adverse weather conditions.
Mona also urged road users to pay attention to road safety when they go to the country’s roads during the holiday season.
“The main message is to remember that the road is a common space and that you must respect your colleagues on the roads,” he said.
He said that the speed limits are clearly indicated on 22,214 km of roads, which are controlled by Sunral in all nine provinces.
“These are the maximum limits, and drivers must adjust their speed in accordance with conditions such as rain or visibility,” he said. "Accelerating and driving under the influence of alcohol are some of the main causes of road accidents – road users should heed the call No. KnowYourWhoa # Don tDrink & Drive."
“The road behavior of users makes a large contribution to traffic accidents, and we appeal to motorists with respect for the rules of the road, as well as to ensure that their vehicles are expensive,” he continued.
Motorists can use the Sanral app, which helps them with information about road conditions, traffic jams and incidents on the road and allows motorists to plan their trips in advance.
Incidents should be reported to the South African Police Service (10111), the National Call Center (NTCC) by calling 012 665 6075 or by patrolling customer service N3 by calling 0800 203 950.