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Family road trip safety tips

As families across South Africa gear up for family holidays like their Easter weekend travels, road trip safety becomes a top concern. This guide offers practical tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe on the roads during the holiday excitement and peak traffic.

Tips for a safe journey

Driving safely not only keeps you and your family safe but also helps make the roads safer for everyone. Here are some tips you can follow for a safe and enjoyable journey.

Do some pre-trip planning

Before setting off, set aside some time to plan your trip. Check the weather conditions, route, and any possible fuel and rest stops along the way. Knowing where you’re going and what to expect helps reduce stress and prevent unnecessary detours.

Prepare your car

Before you hit the road, make sure all essential components, such as brakes, lights, and tyres, are in good working condition. Remember to check your wiper blades, tyre pressure and fluid and oil levels. It’s also wise to pack an emergency kit with jumper cables and first aid supplies in case of an unexpected situation.

Buckle up

Seatbelts are crucial for everyone’s safety on the road. Before starting your journey, check that all passengers, including children, are properly buckled up. It’s essential to ensure all the seatbelts and car seats are working properly, as they provide vital protection in an accident.

Remember that, according to the South African National Road Traffic Act, children under the age of three years old must be in a car seat that’s designed for their specific weight and height.

Practise safe driving

It’s important to drive responsibly. Remember to always keep to the speed limit and maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles. Avoid distractions such as cell phone usage or even looking down at your smartwatch.

Always be vigilant, especially when driving at night, during bad weather conditionsload shedding, or heavy traffic.

Take frequent breaks

Did you know that driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of car accidents? Driving for long periods at a time can lead to you feeling sleepy and affect your ability to concentrate. Or even worse, you can fall asleep at the wheel.

Plan regular breaks to rest, stretch your legs, eat, and recharge. Stopping to rest is not only helpful for keeping tiredness at bay but also helps you stay alert and focused on the road ahead.

Keep your kids entertained

Long car rides can be challenging for little ones, so it’s essential to keep children entertained during road trips. Pack a variety of activities such as books, games, and snacks to keep them engaged during the journey. This helps to limit distractions for the driver, resulting in greater overall safety.

Secure your pets

If you’re taking your pets with you on holiday, secure them safely and pack the necessary food, water, and other requirements to make it less stressful for you and them.

In case of an emergency

Despite careful planning, unexpected emergencies can happen. Be prepared by packing essential items like a flashlight, basic tools, extra food, water, and clothes.

Familiarise yourself with what to do in case of an emergency and have the contact information for roadside assistance services on hand. If you have car insurance with Prime South Africa, you can access these numbers and contact us directly on our app.

The importance of family-friendly coverage

Investing in comprehensive insurance coverage is a great idea to protect you, your family and your car when out on the road. Check that your policy includes roadside assistance and medical coverage. Having the right insurance plan gives you peace of mind while protecting you against unforeseen situations.

Protect yourself on your family adventures

Before embarking on your Easter road trip, prioritise safety by planning ahead, checking your car, and making sure you have the necessary car insurance coverage. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy a safe and memorable journey with your family. Remember, safety should always come first.

Disclaimer

This article provides general road trip safety tips. However, there may be helpful information not included in this article and following these tips does not guarantee your safety. Therefore, it’s important to always do your own independent research.

Remember to buy car insurance with much thought and only through a certified financial services provider.

Reach out to us today to learn more about getting affordable, comprehensive car insurance with fixed premiums* and a reduce-to-zero excess*. *T&Cs apply.

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