When the festive season comes, we cannot wait to take time off and hit the beaches or head out on a safari, and with the year we have had, a little fun and relaxation is well deserved. The excitement of enjoying a nice relaxing couple of days can however be dampened by the thought of actually planning the road trip.
Here are some tips to keep your road trip, stress-free this festive season:
- Keep your car in tip-top shape:
Apart from having the right attitude on the road, you also need to ensure that your vehicle is in excellent condition as breakdowns can lead to even more congestion. Have your car checked sooner rather than later, as there may be a rush from many motorists wanting to make last minute repairs.Have you serviced your car? Make sure it has been serviced thoroughly before you depart. Check your oil, coolant, and brake fluid levels, as well as your spare tyre. Make sure you have a wheel jack, spanner, and emergency reflective triangle available. We also suggest that you keep water, a torch and first aid kit in your car.
- Plan your route and stops:
You can save a lot of time and stress by planning your route and stops before you set out on your trip. When making your planned stops and rests, keep in mind that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic and it is important to continue practising the Covid-19 protocols.
Always maintain a social distance, keep your mask on at all times and ensure you have adequate sanitizer available.
- Make use of a GPS and Toll Route Calculator:
Google Maps is a handy tool when it comes to planning your route, and it is available on a wide range of devices. Utilizing Google Maps, or Waze, could save you a lot of stress when it comes to finding your way.Part of your budget planning should include toll costs. By utilizing a toll route calculator, you can effectively plan your trip to accommodate for the route you will be taking. Check out Sanral’s toll route costs: HERE (updated Feb 2020)
- Plan your budget:
Aside from the cost of your fuel, you need to calculate how much money you will need for food, accommodation, toll fees and other expenses. Remember, you can save money by packing your own food and drinks for the trip. You can also keep your fuel consumption down by driving below the speed limit and not overloading your car.
- Plan for the unexpected
We have all learnt that no matter how carefully you plan a trip, that something could go wrong. Roadworks (stop/go points), or accidents can slow things down. It is during times like these that you have to remember to remain calm. Getting to your destination late, is better than not arriving at all! Check roadworks on your route: https://www.i-traffic.co.za/map
- Stay sane in the city
It does not matter whether you are heading to Cape Town (the most congested city in South Africa), Durban or Port Elizabeth, not everyone is on holiday, and there is still such a thing as rush hour. Try and plan ahead to avoid morning and afternoon peak traffic and stay sane in the city
Keeping safe on the roads should be your number one priority, and enjoying your trip is an added benefit as you take the chance to unwind and enjoy the holiday you deserve.
At African Independent Brokers, we are dedicated to ensuring that our clients remain safe on the roads at all times. As a member of our Gold Club, you can have access to our emergency hotline number 0861 001 002 that is available 24/7.
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