Have you really prepared for your holiday?
The festive season is almost upon us and you have probably been planning for some time. But how ready will you be should an emergency arise during your vacation.
During the festive season of 2015, 1755 people lost their lives, as reported by Transport Minister Dipou Peters. This was an increase of 14% from the previous year.
The Western Cape recorded the highest increase (33%) in deaths, from 122 last season to 162, followed by North West which increased by 26% from 108 to 136 fatalities.
Other provinces also showed large increases of fatalities – Gauteng (10%), Eastern Cape (22%), Free State (20%), Mpumalanga (16%), Limpopo (12%) and the Northern Cape (19%).
The only province to show a decline in road fatalities was KwaZulu-Natal (-2%).
By reading our guidelines, you will be able to be properly prepared for any emergency that may arise while you are on you holiday.
Plan for the worst.
No-one wishes to be involved in an emergency, but statistally, it will happen. Properly preparing your holiday can decrease the odds and, should the need arise, you will be equipped for your emergency.
Making sure that your vehicle is roadworthy is not the only thing check on your vehicle. By checking your vehicle, you can minimise the risk of your vehicle breaking down.
The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) recommends that a 52-piont-check-up should be done before going on a long trip. These inspections can be done at any reputable vehicle service centre.
A number of necessities should also be packed in your vehicle, should an emergency arise. These include:
*Power bank – Should you be stranded and your cellphone need an emergency charge.
*First aid kit.
*Reflective warning triangles.
*Foam tyre sealant.
*Flashlight and batteries.
*Multipurpose utility tool.
On your journey
By following these few tips, you can make sure that your journey is a pleasant one.
*Know your route and the rest stops along the way.
*Stop every 200km or 2 hours.
*Drink plenty cool liquids to stay hydrated
*Listen to some music while driving to ensure you do not become drowsy.
*Should you become drowsy, pull over in a safe area and have a good stretch and a brisk walk.
How well do you know your destination? An emergency can happen at any time. Knowing just a few of the below tips can make the difference between life and death.
*Know where your closest hospital or general practitioners are located.
*Have a list of the emergency services in the area.
*Make sure that each family member carries around a card with all their emergency medical information.
Remember, by adhering to the rules of the road, and by following our guideline, you can guarantee yourself a safe and well-rested holiday.
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