Stay safe on the road this holiday
Easter is when countless lucky South Africans take their annual holiday
Easter is when countless lucky South Africans take their annual holiday, heading to the coast or another favourite family destination. While most of us just jump into the car at the last minute in the excitement of holiday fever, a bit of planning can keep you and your family safe on the road. Eugene Herbert, the managing director of MasterDrive advanced driving academy, shared some potential problems and tips:
1. Tyre problems
The most important way to avoid this is to check the condition and inflation of your tyres before leaving. “If both the tread and inflation is correct, this protects you against avoidable problems. This applies to your spare tyre as well. The one thing worse than experiencing a blowout is pulling out your spare only to find that it is flat.
Those towing caravans and trailers should pay particular attention to the condition of their tyres and get them checked out by an expert. Additionally, save the number of your insurer on your phone so that if you can’t solve the challenge yourself you can quickly call for assistance. With the number of potholes on the road, it is possible to have more than one tyre burst at once.
2. Getting lost
In the age of GPS on your phone, many people don’t plan their routes. While we all use our phones as a GPS, it can be risky to rely on this alone. You risk placing yourself in a vulnerable situation should your phone battery die or when you pass through areas with low signal.
Plan ahead by looking at the route before you leave, even if you just know which towns you’ll pass through. This also means planning where to stop for fuel.
Also let a family member know where you are headed and the route you intend to take so that if you don’t arrive on time, they can take action.
Whether it’s a small bumper bashing or a serious crash, this not something drivers ever want to think about let alone plan for. Keep your essential identification and medical aid details on a card on your visor or stuck on your windscreen in case your valuables go missing. Keep a small first aid kit in the cubbyhole as well.
“While we never want to consider these possibilities, being prepared for any one of these scenarios can make a huge difference to your safety,” concludes Herbert.