The Audi driving experience team from South Africa is soon to offer its advanced driving operational services to Batswana through a recently founded organization, Kgatelopele, a non-governmental organization aimed at curbing the rising number of road accidents in the country.
Through actual demonstrations and field practicals, the Audi team members bring to Batswana advanced driving techniques that driving schools usually can’t match in order to help Batswana to take control of their vehicles in life threatening situations on the road.
The team is in talks with the Botswana Police, which intends to schedule a targeted time period for their public demonstrations at their Otse-based camp, which provides suitable ground for the safety inspired exercise.
Through the expert services offered by South Africa’s Mark Allison, who excels as an instructor, Batswana are to be taught high performance techniques in the areas of correct use and taking full advantage of the ABS systems, full control of different types of steering wheels, correct posture of sitting in a car so that reaction time is not affected.
“Most people are unaware that minor details have actually been proven to contribute to the many instances of accidents we experience on the roads, things such as pulling the seat back and trying to look cool, while in the meantime you have an obscured view of the road ahead or not holding the steering wheel in a way that one would be able to act accordingly should need arise, even basic everyday tyre checks amongst others,” said Allison.
Allison told the Sunday Standard that they actually have proof from their own country that driver training helps improve an individual’s driving performance as statistics of accidents have actually gone down in places where it was carried out.
“After receiving driver training lessons, drivers are more confident in that they know they are able to beat the challenges they meet on the roads, they know how not to slow down their reaction time by ignoring issues of posture and control, we even teach ways of how to swerve confidently should it happen that you were traveling at high speed and had to take an immediate bend,” said Allison.
The Audi representatives were invited by Kagiso Morebodi, Botswana-based gospel singer and founder of Kgatelopele, which is registered with the Department of Civil and National Registration (DCNR) and is affiliated with National Road Safety Committee (NRSC).
The organization is listed as an NGO under the Ministry of Works and Transport.
Its main aim as delivered by the founder, a victim of two road accidents himself, is to educate, inform, mobilize and empower community members in the fight against road deaths, road injuries and drunken driving, using performing arts as tools of development.
“We are currently in partnership with the Botswana Police Services (BPS), the Botswana Defence Force (BDF), Motor vehicle Accident (MVA) fund, Department of Arts and Culture and the Ministry of Works and Transport, which helps one of our initiatives to improve the quality and standards of road use, such as pedestrian crossings, road traffic signs, animal signs, defensive driving signs, reduction of speed signs and better traffic police enforcement and we are urging the public to join our entity to make road safety a must for all,” said Morebodi.
Morebodi has of late already recorded a campaign song for the NGO with top Botswana artists such as Thato Matlhabaphiri, Mosako and Eugene Jackson.