Polo drivers are the least safe in South Africa, who would have thought?
A poor reputation for safety combined with excessive speeding don’t mix.
Polo shirts account for 16.7% of all fatal accidents in South Africa.
The Hilux must be somewhere nearby?
Not too long ago we published an article about a brand new Volkswagen Polo being driven through a show window in Durban. Well, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has officially declared polo drivers to be the least safe in South Africa.
A document provided by the RTMC entitled Fatalities in South Africa in context, paints a gloomy picture of road safety in our country with data on fatal accidents as well as data on speeding violations. The study, which was concluded over a period of four years, from October 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021, details that: “A total of 48,330 vehicles were involved in 37,583 fatal accidents with 45,232 fatalities during the period according to data from Road Traffic Management Corporation’s National Accident Data Management System,”
The German automaker’s locally produced compact sedan is doing more harm than good at all times. With powerful pilots waterfalls in the yard or to attempt to use all his speedometer to clock 240 km/h and beyond (try being the key word here).
RTMC found that among the top 20 models involved in fatal crashes, the Toyota Hilux and Quantum as well as the Volkswagen Polo accounted for the majority at 43.2%. However, it was the Polo that contributed the most with a statistic of 16.7% alone reaffirming that Polo drivers are the least safe in South Africa.
Deaths aside, the three offenders listed above also account for the highest number of speeding fines imposed by the now illegal AARTO system. All three vehicles are locally produced and very popular for their specific purposes, but those driving a polo shirt accounted for 35% of the total number of speeding offenses during the period under review. Want to see the safety ratings of a polo shirt? Click here.
It’s also unfair to compare these vehicles to all other models since the popular Polo accounts for over 1,500 new units sold per month, far more than any of its rivals. Simple arithmetic concludes that the more people drive, the more likely they are to have an accident, but one can’t help but speculate that affordable cars should perhaps come with an advanced driving course. That being said; Polo drivers are the least safe in South Africa, but Kwid drivers, we’re looking at you too.