Taking to the road? Be prepared

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The South African Motor Body Repairers’ Association (SAMBRA), a constituent association of the Retail Motor Industry Association (RMI), has some tips for safe travels this holiday season – don’t get stuck in the middle of nowhere!

Richard Green, Director of SAMBRA, advises you to:

  • Know your route. Google the route you intend travelling and the distances between towns before you leave. This way, you can plan your fuel usage to stop at familiar places for a top-up. If you are driving on a ‘golden oldie’ route, check if the service stations on route have workshops.
  • Have your insurer’s and selling motor dealer’s phone numbers handy. Your dealer and your insurer will have sold you salvage services within your sale/insurance contract and they have service providers in almost every small town around the country.
  • Check that your spare wheel is there and is properly inflated. The same applies to your jack.
  • Know where your spare keys are. If they are not with you, make sure they are readily available.
  • Pack some “I won’t need that” stuff, especially if you intend going off the beaten track. Some cable ties, a rope, battery charger cables, water, a spare fan belt and so on would be worth considering.

 

“Remember that the holiday season is also the time when opportunistic criminals take chances. Make sure your car’s locking system works and that your bags containing valuables are hidden – if necessary, carry these bags with you when getting out of the car for a break,” says Green. “Here’s to a safe holiday drive!”