Be prepared for your holiday

2016-11-02 06:02

HOW prepared are you to cope with an emergency if one arises while you are travelling or going on holiday?

During the 2015 festive season 1 755 people lost their lives, as reported by Transport Minister Dipou Peters. This was an increase of 14% from the previous year.

E24 has put together guidelines, to enable you to be properly prepared for any emergency that may arise on holiday.

When travelling on the road make sure your vehicle is roadworthy to minimise the risk of it breaking down.

The Automobile Association of South Africa recommends that a 52-point check should be done before going on a long trip.

These inspections can be done at any reputable vehicle service centre.

A number of necessities should also be packed in your vehicle to cope with any possible emergency:

• Power bank - should you be stranded and your cellphone needs an emergency charge.

• First aid kit.

• Fire extinguisher.

• Reflective warning triangles.

• Tyre gauge.

• Foam tyre sealant.

• Jumper cables.

• Flashlight and batteries.

• Workers gloves.

• Duct tape.

• Tow rope.

• Multipurpose utility tool.

• Rain poncho.

• Drinking water.

• Non-perishable snacks.

• Blanket.

On your journey

• Know your route and the rest stops along the way.

• Stop every 200km or two hours.

• Drink plenty of cool liquids to stay hydrated

• Listen to music while driving to ensure you do not become drowsy.

• Should you become drowsy, pull over in a safe area and have a good stretch and a brisk walk..

How well do you know your destination?

• Know where your closest hospital or general practitioners are.

• Have a list of the emergency services in the area.

• Make sure that each family member carries a card containing all their emergency medical information.

- Russel Meiring, ER24 spokesperson.

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