It is very important to identify the exact spot where the accident occurred, and one can make use of the route markers along the road.

One however needs to understand how these route markers can be read.

What motorists need to know:

  • The markers are placed at 200m intervals and the markers with the TRAC assist number are placed at two kilometre intervals;
  • The kilometre-marker is not a legislated obligation, but is a SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency) standard on all national roads.

The meaning of each of the points on the board means:

  • N3 – road or route on which you are travelling
  • 5 – indicates the sections of the N4 route on which you are travelling
  • 14.0 – indicates the kilometre position on the route section
  • N – indicates the direction in which you are travelling, in this case it means north
  • TRC assist number – the emergency number to all in case of emergency or roadside assistance on the N3 Toll Route

These signs are of significant importance to road users. The road user should know that in case of emergency he would be able to pinpoint his location to emergency services by providing the detail on the marking closest to him. He should be able to find this information by merely moving 100 metres to his left or right.



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