With the Easter weekend (19 April 2019 – 22 April 2019) upon us, we can expect high traffic volumes, as many of us will be on the roads heading to holiday spots, or visiting family and friends all over the country.
While accommodation plans are finalised, tours booked and outings planned, many people will not have taken care of the most crucial part of their holiday journey – their vehicle. It is critical to ensure you have a reliable vehicle to carry your family safely to and from your holiday destination.
Consider the following tips before you begin your journey:
- All tyres are in good condition and conform to regulations (including the spare tyres
- That brakes and shock-absorbers are tested and in good condition
- The battery is still in good condition
- The windscreen wipers are working
- All windows and mirrors provide good visibility
- All electrical components (including lights and indicators) are working and if you towing a caravan or trailer, the electrical feed from your tow hitch is working
and on the road:
- Always make sure you and your passengers are buckled up.
- Keep a safe following distance, this will give you enough time to react in case of an emergency.
- Always check your blind spot before changing lanes, even when driving on a road that seems deserted.
- Always be cautious when approaching a railway crossing. Be sure to slow down and proceed only when it is safe to do so.
- Before undertaking a journey consult your doctor to find out if your medication can cause side effects like drowsiness.
- Stay alert and keep an eye on what is happening around you.
- Always be prepared. Carry an emergency kit with items that would come in handy if you are stranded on the side of the road or involved in a vehicle accident.
- Try to recognise potentially dangerous drivers and pedestrians along the road and keep well clear of them.
- Be on the lookout for obstructions like potholes or animals, which often stray into the road, especially in rural areas.
- Be cautious when driving alone and avoid stopping in remote areas. Read more about safety tips for women driving alone.
- Remain alert to any areas that might present a threat of criminal activity such as hijackings and smash-and-grabs. Read more safety tips in a potential hijacking situation.