Don’t get stuck in the sticks
If travelling for the holidays, you can make sure you don't find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere. Richard Green, director of the South African Motor Body Repairers' Association (Sambra), a constituent association of the Retail Motor Industry Association (RMI), gave five short tips to keep in mind:
Know your route
Google the route you intend travelling and the distances between towns before leaving. This helps you plan so that you can stop at familiar places for a top-up. If you are driving on a golden oldie route, check if the service stations on route have workshops.
Have the phone numbers of your insurer and motor dealer handy. Your dealer and your insurer will have sold you salvage services within your sales and insurance contract and they have service providers in almost every small town around the country.
Spare and jack
Check that your spare wheel is present, correct and properly inflated. Make sure you have the jack and other tools easily accessible.
Where are your spare keys? If they are not with you, make sure they are readily available.
A few extras
If you intend going off the beaten track at all, pack some "I won't need that" stuff. A few cable ties, a sturdy rope, battery charger cables, water and a spare fan belt would be worth considering.
Green says to remember that the holiday season is the time when opportunistic criminals lie in wait. Make sure the car's locking system works and that bags containing valuables are hidden. If necessary, carry these bags with you when getting out of the car.