As a wise man named Earl Wilson once said, “A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking”.
As the year draws to a close, most of us are dreaming about getting away from it all. Wherever you plan to go – even if it is no further than your local beach – here are seven tips for staying safe on the roads this summer.
- Service your car
If you are planning a road trip and your car has not been serviced for a while – book it in. No-one wants to break down in the middle of nowhere, especially with kids in the car.
- Check your tyres
Your tyres are in constant contact with the road and they are therefore exposed to more wear and tear than any other component of your car. It is advisable to check your tyre pressure once a week and before you set off on a long journey. An under- or over-inflated tyre can pose a real danger to you and others on the road. Don’t forget your spare tyre!
- Emergency kit
Many people only think about a car emergency kit when it’s too late. Make sure you are prepared for any eventuality with a fully charged cell phone, jumper cables, jack, wrench, spare tyre, torch with extra batteries, first aid kit, blanket and big bottle of water. Hopefully you won’t need all of these items, but if you do – you’ll be so glad you left home with them!
- Insurance or towing assist
If you have insurance or are a member of a road emergency service, make sure that you have all the relevant contact details with you. This is where a charged cell phone, loaded with enough airtime, comes in handy!
- Check your licenses
Before you hit the road, check whether your vehicle and drivers’ licences are valid. Once you have renewed your vehicle license, you can use a Magnetic License Disc Holder from Tower to display it neatly on your windscreen. These eye-catching disc holders are fully reusable – you’ll never have to scrape sticky residue from your windscreen again!
- Correct vehicle signage
If you are planning a holiday outside of South Africa and you will be driving across the border, you are required to display a ZA sign on your car so authorities can identify your country of origin. Tower has a self-adhesive ZA decal available, as well as one made from magnetic material. Other useful products in Tower’s Vehicle Signage range include an ABS Learner sign for drivers-in-training and a Physically Challenged sign to alert other motorists that you are transporting physically challenged passengers.
- Buckle up
Always insist that everyone in your car buckles up, even if you are just driving to the corner shop to buy ice creams! If you have little ones with you, make sure you have age-appropriate car seats for them – this is required by law for children under the age of three.
Wherever you go, we hope you travel safe. For more advice, ideas and inspiration, visit http://www.towerproducts.co.za/