Road rules for K53, the last part

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K53, road rules, the last part, cover pedestrian crossings, collisions and accidents, tyre care, rules for your engine, hooter and cellphones.

K53 road rules for pedestrians

  • Don’t suddenly enter a pedestrian crossing in a manner that makes it impossible or dangerous for a driver to give right of way in good time.
  • When there is a traffic light at a pedestrian crossing road rules stipulate you must cross only by following the robot’s signals.
  • You must not walk on the roadway if there is a sidewalk or footpath next to the road.
  • If there is no sidewalk or footpath next to the road, walk close to the edge of the right-hand side of the roadway facing oncoming traffic.
  • Be sure it is safe to cross the road before you do so.
  • Cross the road quickly without lingering and without running.
  • Do not cross a road at a place within 50 metres of a pedestrian crossing otherwise you will be breaking the K53 road rules.

Road rules for drivers

  • You must not pass or overtake a stationary vehicle at a pedestrian crossing.
  • In accordance with the K53 road rules, you must give way for pedestrians already at a pedestrian crossing.
  • If pedestrians are about to enter your half of the roadway, you must give way to them.

Collisions & accidents

First, if you are involved in a collision or accident, follow the road rules:

  • Stop your vehicle immediately.
  • See if anyone is injured.
  • If possible, assist the wounded.
  • You must observe the damage to the vehicles and the surrounding area.
  • Report the collision to a police station within 24 hours and present your driver’s license and green barcoded ID book.
  • Obtain permission from the owner, driver or other authorised people before removing any vehicles from the scene.

Secondly, if someone involved in the accident is injured or there is a fatality:

  • Get in touch with a police officer immediately.
  • Before moving a vehicle, follow the K53 road rules by first marking its position on the road surface.
  • You may not remove any vehicle unless someone is hurt or the vehicle obstructs traffic.

Finally, have the following information available:

  • Your name and address.
  • Name and address of the vehicle owner.
  • The vehicle registration numbers.
  • Your driver’s license.
  • Your car insurance details.

Tyres and road rules

  • The tread on tyres must be 1mm deep over the entire circumference.
  • In accordance with K53 road rules, the canvas cord must not be visible on the tyre’s surface.
  • Sidewalls must be free of deep cuts, lumps or bulges.
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K53 tyre inspection


Don’t start the engine or let the engine run in when the vehicle is:

  • Stationary and unattended.
  • Emitting excessive smoke.
  • Not under the driver’s control.
  • Being filled with fuel or if the fuel cap is not closed.


  • Only hoot for safety reasons.
  • Others must hear the hooter up to 90m away.
  • The pitch of the hooter may not vary.

Communication devices

  • Don’t hold or operate a hand-held device while driving.
  • You may use a hand-held device only if using hands-free.

General duties

  • Don’t allow any passenger, animal or object to hamper the driver’s ability to drive safely.
  • Passengers may not take hold of the steering wheel or the operating controls unless the driver can no longer drive.
  • No one must have any part of their body protruding from the vehicle except the driver when giving hand signals.
  • The driver’s seating position must allow complete vehicle control and a clear view of the road ahead.
  • Don’t allow any animal or person to occupy the roof step or running board while the vehicle is moving.
  • You cannot let anyone get into or out of a car while the car is moving.

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Road markings in South Africa

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Regulatory road markings, longitudinal regulatory road markings, exclusive parking bay symbols, road guidance markings and last, road warning markings.

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