Road tripping this Festive Season? Here are our top 4 tips for staying safe on the roads these holidays!

Road tripping this Festive Season? Here are our top 4 tips for staying safe on the roads these holidays!

The year is winding down. Schools are breaking up for the year and the festive season is upon us.

The holiday season is an exciting time of year for most travellers; however, it is dubbed the “Silly Season” for a reason, mainly for all the accidents on the roads during the celebrations. The Department of Transport estimated the road fatality data for the 2018/19 festive period at 1,612 people who lost their lives on SA roads.

So, if you are taking leave and going on a road trip this holiday season, please exercise extra caution on your journey. Here are some tips and advice before embarking on that long road trip this festive season.

Road tripping this Festive Season? Here are our top 4 tips for staying safe on the roads these holidays!

  1. Tread with caution this festive season.

So, you have packed the car for you and your family to hit the road. Your playlist is ready and excitement is in the air. But before pressing play and heading off on your journey, have you checked your tyres?

It can not be stressed enough that you should check your tyres tread and tyre pressure before embarking on your festive season trip, and don’t forget to check that spare! For expert tips on how to check your tyres, visit Arrive Alive and learn all about tyre safety before a long journey https://www.arrivealive.mobi/road-safety-tyre-safety.

It is also important to make sure that you have all the tools you need to change a tyre on the side of the road, should you have an incident on your journey. You will need the following to change a tyre safely:

  • Spare tyre
  • A simple jack
  • Lug nut wrench or tyre iron (to remove and tighten the lug nuts)
  • Sharp knife, screwdriver or cutters to remove cable ties if these are used to hold wheel trims in place
  • Tyre blocks [to keep the vehicle from moving –usually does not come with the car but a good idea to purchase some]
  • Emergency warning triangle / A set of cones

 

  1. Buckle up for the holidays

This is probably the most important piece of advice we could give you for the festive season. It is the simplest step of all before any road trip of any length and it is the most crucial step. Buckling up saves lives, literally. It is probably the most widespread road safety advice worldwide, however, it is surprising how many people still choose not to strap themselves or their children in. Not only is this against the law, but it is the second leading cause of fatality on the road.

 

 

  1. Rest up and alternate!

Driver fatigue is just as dangerous as drinking and driving! Falling asleep at the wheel is more common than you might think. It is very important to be well-rested before you head off this festive season. Better yet, if you have more than one driver, alternate turns behind the wheel. If you are driving a long distance, it is crucial to stop and take a break at least every 2 hours on your journey. It is also advisable to stop over somewhere for the night on a very long trip.

Take a look at some of these top tips from Arrive Alive

  1. Don’t drink and drive, book your Magic Transfer!

The silly season implies that because of all the festivities, alcohol consumption increases over the festive season. The problem comes in when people get behind the wheel after a festive tipple or two or three – you catch our drift. This is one of the most dangerous and deadly mistakes you could make this festive season.

We are not saying don’t participate in the festivities, we are simply saying, do so responsibly! With all your Christmas parties and New year parties on the horizon, plan alternative transport to get you to and from the event safely! Magic Transfers offers door-to-door transfer services for such occasions. Book your transfer for any size group and travel with peace of mind knowing you are in the capable hands of a true trained professional driver.

For more information and how to book, visit www.magictransfers.co.za.

So, there you have it, our top tips for a safe and happy holiday! Wishing you all seasons greetings and a prosperous new year!