10 Tips for safer driving during the holiday season

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      1. Make sure your vehicle is safe – check your tyre tread depth and your windscreen wiper blades.
      2. Drive defensively – prepare and prevent, don’t repair and repent.  Drive to communicate – make sure other drivers can see you. It helps to drive with your headlights on during the day.
      3. Watch out for other motorists – be aware of situations around you and anticipate.
      4. Keep a safe following distance – did you know that it takes you 4 times longer to stop at 120km/h than it does at 60 km/h?
      5. Be extra careful in bad weather – reduce speed and drive with your lights on.
      6. Always wear your seatbelt.
      7. Don’t drive drowsy – take regular breaks and have a good sleep before a long trip.
      8. Avoid distraction – use a hands-free kit but avoid long conversations on your cell phone and no texting!
      9. Don’t speed – doing 140km/h instead of 120km/h over a distance of 50km saves you only 4 minutes of journey time, but increases your accident risk by 50%.
      10. Don’t drink and drive!

One last tip to keep your house safe before you leave

Make sure you’ve cleaned your gutters and drains – the heavy rains at this time of year can cause unnecessary damage.

If you need help with this chore, call 1Call ASAP. They’re on the Insurers’ panel and will assist at minimal fees.  Contact Chantal on 0861 111 777 or chantal.p@1callasap.co.za.

Be safe and remember… reaching your destination is your reward for safe driving.

Karin van der Berg

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your financial adviser for specific and detailed advice.