The Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport is hosting the Lady Driver of the Year competition for a third successive year at the Multi-purpose centre in Sasolburg today.
Department spokesperson, Hillary Mophethe, says they believe that women could play a vital role in increasing road safety and the competition is aimed at highlighting their driving skills.
“We believe that women can play a major role in influencing the attitudes and behaviours of communities on our roads,” she says.
Mophethe says positive attitudes on the roads will assist in minimising the factors leading to road fatalities and women have a huge role to play in spreading the road safety ‘gospel’ by leading by example.
She says they are expecting at least 20 competitors in Sasolburg today of which most have conducted advanced driving courses as well.
The department believes that women deserve a chance to strut their driving skills to show how they have evolved over the years from being mere pedestrians or passengers to mature motorists themselves.
Competitions will be assessed on four specific skills.
A track test will assess their abilities to manoeuvre in confined spaces or roads. A road test will test the drivers’ defensive driving methods. A theory test will be done in order to check if drivers are familiar with regulations of the road and road signs and a quick pre-trip inspection will be the final yardstick for the competition.
Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News