The holiday season is right around the corner and the open road is calling your name. The South African landscape also makes for beautiful road trip views while you travel to your local holiday destination.
Unfortunately, the holiday season is also the most risky time to be on the road, with an increase of car accidents that result in injuries, fatalities and also unforeseen costs. At the start of 2016, the Department of Transport reported an increase in festive season fatalities of 14% compared to the year before1. The festive season period usually starts from the 1st of December until the 11th of January. The Western Cape reports showed a road accident increase of 33% and KwaZulu-Natal was the only province that reported a decrease compared to the previous year.
We all know the usual road safety tips to reduce the risk of an accident; do a full check up and service your car before the trip, don’t drink and drive, don’t speed, keep a safe following distance, stop and rest if you get tired. But what about the not-so-obvious tips?
If you have opted to take the scenic route by going on a road trip for your local holiday this year, here are some unusual safety hacks to consider before you take on the long road:
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*Based on 2016 independent market research conducted by Kaufman Levin Associates.
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