Top tips for a safe road trip this Heritage Day

Top tips for a safe road trip this Heritage Day

With today’s move to level 1 and Heritage Day coming up on Thursday, traffic on the roads is set to increase. Many people will be making a long weekend of it and heading off to family and friends or holiday destinations. Travellers will need to stay extra vigilant due to the increased levels of crime and the possibility of contracting Covid-19 as social distancing decreases. Make sure you get to your destination safely by heeding a few basic safety precautions.

Before heading out

  • Get at least six hours of sleep before a trip to ensure you are alert and focused.
  • Plan your route, rest and refuelling stops and double-check overnight bookings.
  • Check your lights, indicators, windscreen wipers, brakes, tyres (including a working spare), and oil and water levels. This will reduce the chances of your vehicle breaking down and leaving you stranded on the side of the road.
  • Have your vehicle properly cleaned inside and out. CREAM’s products will help protect your vehicle’s paint from the elements. If your vehicle’s interior is cleaned and sanitized (CREAM can help with that too!), it will reduce your risk of Covid-19 infection. And, if there’s nothing lying around inside, there’s nothing to tempt criminals to break in!
  • Ensure that everyone packs a mask or two and some hand sanitizer.

On the road

  • Avoid sugary, caffeinated drinks (especially energy drinks) and stick to healthier options like juice and water. Keep some mints or mint-flavoured chewing gum handy instead. Chewing helps you to keep focused and the smell of mint has been proven to be energizing.
  • Experts recommend that the driver take a 15-minute break every 2 hours or 200 km.
  • Try not to drive between 01:00 and 05:00 as this is usually when your body is at its most restful.
  • To keep focused, chat with your passengers or set up a playlist with your favourite music or an audiobook.
  • Keep your distance at rest stops and remember to wear your mask and regularly wash your hands.
  • Have your route saved on your GPS/phone and have a car charger or power bank handy. If you’re travelling in an unfamiliar area or one that does not have great reception, be sure to download the map to avoid delays as you wait for the map to load or detours for directions.
  • Stick to major roads whenever possible, as there is a bigger likelihood of police and security patrols and roadside assistance.
  • Update friends or family of your progress or have them follow your trip with features like WhatsApp’s Live Location. They will know something is wrong and can sound the alarm if you detour from your route or stand still for too long and they can’t contact you.

In case of an accident or emergency

  • Make sure you have the relevant emergency numbers (like police, ambulance, your insurance or broker) saved on your phone.
  • Make sure you have emergency equipment in the vehicle like a first aid kit, a tow rope, jumper cables, warning triangles, a spare tyre, jack, torch or electric lamp and a fire extinguisher.
  • If you are involved in an accident, check for injuries first and only move the vehicle if it is possible and the vehicle endangers other traffic. Contact emergency services. Take pictures with your phone as evidence for the police report and your insurance. If you are able, get the names and contact information (including ID numbers and car registration) of everyone involved.

So, from CREAM, we’re wishing you a safe trip this Heritage Day weekend! We’re looking forward to giving your vehicle the CREAM treatment before you head off on a well-deserved break. Visit one of our branches and check out our Facebook page for specials, new branch openings and other exciting CREAM news!

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