Home and Road Safety This Festive – AIB Cape Tips for 2022
If you are embarking on a road trip this festive season, we recommend that you do not underestimate the value in planning in advance for your road trip so that you get to your destination safely and comfortably. Many South Africans will be exploring our beautiful country over the forthcoming weeks so before heading out onto the road we encourage you to make sure that you, your family, and your insured possessions are safe during the holidays. Make sure that your vehicle is safe while driving on the roads and that your home is safe and household contents are protected while you are away.
- Service your alarm system, especially due to the harmful effects of load shedding on electronic items and batteries. Please make sure that your alarm system is fully functional, including backup alarm batteries, battery operated sensors, etc. We encourage you to test your alarm system with your security company before going on holiday. Having clear signage indicating that you make use of a security company may also help to discourage burglars.
- Double check that all doors are locked and that all windows are shut properly before you set out.
- Unplug all unnecessary appliances, such as the geyser, TV, etc. Not only is this protection from damaging power surges, it is also an environmentally friendly practice.
- Store jewelry or valuables while you are away, in a locked safe.
- Avoid posting your travel plans on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Also be wary to tell people of your plans. You never know when your trip away from home may be overheard or seen by a potential robber.
- Discard the boxes of any expensive items and Christmas presents with care. Placing things like a flat screen TV box, computer boxes and so on outside your house for garbage collection alerts thieves of what is in the home. You should try dispose of the boxes on the day the garbage is collected or, even better, consider collapsing the boxes of more expensive items.
- Please remember to insure your high value gifts. We recommend that you send us a photo of the asset along with your valuation of the item/s so that we can adjust your policy accordingly.
- Ensure your vehicle is roadworthy. All lights, indicators, windscreen and the wipers, brakes, steering, exhaust system, shock absorbers and tyres must be carefully checked for faults. If you are unsure of what to look for we recommend that you have a professional carry out these checks.
- Check that your vehicle has the necessary minimum safety equipment, for example, spare wheel (check that it is inflated), jack, emergency triangle, first aid kit etc.
- Try keep distractions like phone calls to a minimum and avoid texting while driving.
- Try to plan your route in advance and stick to the major routes if possible - try to avoid driving after dark. It is good idea to share your planned route with a family member or friend. Keep them updated on your progress and let them know when you have arrived.
- Have a good rest before you begin your travels and remember to take regular safety breaks on your journey only stopping where it is safe to do so.
- Watch out for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles, keep well clear of them. If your journey takes you into rural areas be alert to pedestrians and animals.
- If you are driving outside of South Africa, remember where the territorial limits apply to make sure you have cover. If your vehicle is damaged outside the Republic of South Africa, repairs other than emergency repairs may only be done in the Republic of South Africa.
Please feel welcome to contact us should you have any queries or need any assistance. If we don’t hear from you, we wish you a safe and enjoyable journey.
As always, AIB Cape remains at your service.