With the Easter weekend around the corner, many motorists will brave the long road to get to or from their holiday destinations. Last year saw an impressive 46% reduction in Easter road deaths. This was due to the high visibility of traffic authorities and a willingness of road users to obey the rules of the road, said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters at the time.
Of the 156 road accident deaths, the main causes were fatigue, drunken and reckless driving, and pedestrian knock-downs, said the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC). To avoid becoming a statistic, consider these five vital tips before you and your family hit the road:
It’s also wise to subscribe to a roadside assistance plan – just make sure you know where to call in an emergency and what kind of assistance your policy includes. Ctrack’s Advanced Protector, for instance, has an emergency call-out service which will cover one hour’s labour for a locksmith, jump start, flat tyre and fuel support, as well as a bodyguard service.
And for that extra safety, some vehicle tracking products, such as Ctrack Secure, which allows the location of your vehicle to be viewed in real-time on a smart phone or personal computer by any family member or friend who you give your login details to. This allows them to see where you are on your journey.