Road Trip Safety Tips

Safety tips for your road trip:

  • Before you leave, check that all lights, hooter and windscreen wipers are working, and that your vehicle water, oil and other liquids are sufficient.  Check your brakes, that you have a spare wheel and that all other tyres have a good tread and the air pressure is correct.  Ensure your car licence plate and personal driving licence is correct and up to date.  Pack a basic toolbox just in case of minor repairs.
  • Don’t run out of fuel – get into a habit of filling your tank when it reaches the halfway mark rather than waiting for the fuel-reserve warning light to activate. This will reduce the risk of being stuck along the side of road or having to pull into a petrol station in a less-than-desirable or isolated location.

  • Plan ahead to avoid being lost on the road – planning your route in advance will prevent travelling along unfamiliar roads. Use your passenger to navigate the route for you so you can keep your attention on the road. If your vehicle isn’t fitted with satnav, there are many GPS devices and mobile applications that can guide you on your travels. Criminals are quick to spot drivers that appear to be lost in an area.

  • Keep your doors locked, windows closed – this is critical during traffic and if you find yourself stranded along the road. Breakdown technicians, especially those from motoring dealerships, all carry a form of identification. Always insist on technicians presenting this to you prior to allowing them to assist.
  • Keep valuable items hidden while driving – keep your doors locked and your windows only partially open should your vehicle not have climate  control. Always keep items such as laptops, handbags and cellphones out of sight.

  • Never offer a lift to strangers. Sadly, the prevalence of hijacking in South Africa means offering strangers a lift can be extremely dangerous. Beware of anyone trying to point out dangers ahead or defects on your car. If you suspect that they might be right, approach the situation with caution.

  • Check fluid levels regularly – your vehicle’s owner’s manual will show you how to do this and the desired quantities and specifications to be used. Also keep an eye on operating temperatures and pressures as this will allow you to be proactive should a risk arise, rather than being forced to stop in a dangerous area.

  • Stop often to stretch your legs.

  • NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE, rather call a friend/ family member or a reputable taxi service