From this Thursday the 14th, there will be many who will take advantage of the days of Holy Week to take a break and make a close getaway, so intense traffic is expected along the Argentine routes towards the most important tourist spots.
The data on road safety is disturbing: according to preliminary numbers from the National Road Safety Agency (ANSV), as a result of road accidents, 3,861 people during 2021, being the main cause of death in people under 35 years of age. In addition, according to the controls, one of every 4 people who died was drunk.
Tips for driving safely on the road
-Check brakes: its wear depends on the use made of the car, anyway, that’s why it is recommended to do a check every 30 thousand kilometers or before making a long trip.
-Lights: they should all work properly. You have to turn on each position separately and check its operation.
-Check tires: They must have the pressure recommended by the manufacturer (it usually appears on the fuel cap, on the door or in the manual). The same should be done with the spare wheel.
-Security elements: the National Traffic Law No. 24,449 requires a fire extinguisher. It must be charged and valid, and within arm’s reach, under the passenger seat. The refractory vest, the triangular beacons, the first aid kit, the mortuary blanket, the drawbar and other elements are necessary for a long-term trip.
Recommendations for drivers
“On these dates, it is our responsibility to communicate prevention measures and remind drivers of the importance of insurance; but, in addition, the use of Child Restraint Systems to protect the lives of our children, and of the seat belt for all the occupants of the vehicle”, he says Eugenio MuerzaCommercial Manager of ATM Seguros.
From ATM they suggest:
-Rest because it guarantees a safe trip. Get at least eight hours of sleep before going out.
–In case of traveling with childrenYou must make sure that the seat or Child Restraint System to be used is appropriate to your age, weight and height, that it is attached to the seat belt or with the Isofix system in the rear seat and always under the supervision of an adult. It is required by law. It is the safest element for children up to 10 years old, since it reduces serious or fatal injuries by 70 percent in the event of an incident, according to data from the National Road Safety Agency. All occupants must go yes or yes with a seat belt.
-Do not consume alcoholic beverages before or during the trip.
–Avoid the use of cell phones and mobile devices while driving. Telephones affect the ability to pay attention, distraction and reaction. The six seconds it takes to talk on the cell phone or write a WhatsApp message at a speed of 100 km/h means traveling a distance of 166 meters, after reacting and braking.
-Respect the maximum and minimum speeds allowed.
Besides, It is important to verify that the insurance policy is validnot only because it is mandatory to have at least coverage against third parties, but it is also a safeguard.
The Documentation not to be forgotten: DNI of all those traveling, valid national driver’s license, green or blue ID, compulsory insurance credential, proof of insurance payment (may or may not be requested, depending on each jurisdiction), Vehicle Technical Review (RTV) or Vehicle Technical Verification (VTV) -in the provinces where it is mandatory-, legible patents and valid wafer, in case of having CNG equipment.