Safe driving this festive season

The December holiday is a special time for making new memories with friends and family. It is also a crucial time to be alert and safe on South Africa’s roads. Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, announced 1 376 fatalities caused by road accidents during the 2013 festive season, with the highest number of fatalities in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.


“South African news outlets have already recorded numerous accidents at the beginning of the 2014 festive season and many are encouraged to be extra careful on our roads,” says Derek Wilson, Head of


The Department of Transport launched the Festive Season Road Safety Campaign on 28th November 2014, which aims to educate road users on safety, caution against hazardous spots and implement strict law enforcement during the festive season.


“It is important to take note of these precautions, says Wilson, “But there are instances that cannot be avoided. In cases that do not end fatally, there is still the cost of vehicle damage to consider. Over 60% of vehicles on South African roads are uninsured, whilst car parts and repair costs are on the rise.”


Double-check that you have the right vehicle cover this festive season – by comparing quotes and benefits from a range of SA providers online. “You will never know whether you are paying too much unless you compare,” says Wilson, “At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427* per month on their car insurance when comparing and buying insurance through”


Established in 2007, is South Africa’s leading comparison website that helps consumers save money by comparing a range of SA providers across financial products such as car insurance, home insurance, life insurance, medical and more. Hippo is free to use and saves consumers the time and hassle of shopping around for the best deal since the website instantly retrieves real-time quotes from the different providers using the latest Internet technology. At least 8 out of 10 people could save an average of R427 per month* on their car insurance. makes money by simply charging its partners a fee when a customer chooses to find out more about their products. The results consumers see, and the order in which they are presented, is in no way influenced by the fee charges its partners or any other factors other than the price of the product being compared. 


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*Average savings based on a representative market research survey conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates, on behalf of in May 2014.  Risk Profile Dependent.

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