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Accidents stats that you should be aware of

Published on: 04 August 2015

Accidents stats that you should be aware of

It is said that South African roads are some of the most dangerous in the world and the number of fatalities on our roads is a major concern. Here are some quick global stats from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Buckle up

According to WHO, wearing a seat-belt reduces the risk of a fatality among front-seat passengers by 40–50% and of rear-seat passengers by between 25–75%. When it comes to keeping children safe, WHO is points out that if correctly installed and used, child restraints reduce deaths among infants by approximately 70% and deaths among small children by between 54% and 80%.

Speed kills

Another fact that we all need to remember is that, an increase in average speed is directly related both to the likelihood of a crash occurring and to the severity of the consequences of the crash.

Motorcycle helmets

It is a legal requirement to wear a helmet if you use your motorcycle. Wearing a motorbike helmet correctly can reduce the risk of death by almost 40% and the risk of severe injury by over 70%.

Keep safe on the road!

In our commitment to keep the roads safe, MiWay has written a Guide to Road Safety in South Africa. The goal was to create a reference guide that would not only educate new road users, as well as act as a refresher for road veterans. Download it today – it’s free!