How to stay safe on the road this Easter

3 min read 03 April 2023

The Easter weekend is approaching, which means many South Africans will be hitting the roads to see family or go somewhere scenic with their loved ones. While this may be a beautiful time, the country’s roads can become unpredictable. So, taking the necessary precautions to ensure you get there safely is essential.

Attie Blaauw, Head of Personal Lines Underwriting at Santam, says, “While a road trip is certainly the best way to explore our beautiful country, it also means that there will be more cars on the road and more risk of accidents.”

Blaauw provides four tips below to help you keep your car and family safe on your road trip with careful checks and clever planning.

The checks to make before you go:

If you’re going to be driving long distances, ensure your car is in the best possible condition.

Planning your journey:

Deciding beforehand which routes to take and at which spots to rest will make your drive a less stressful experience - especially if you have little ones in the car! Don’t try to cover too much distance in one day - tiredness and lack of concentration often lead to accidents.

When you plan your trip:

“Keep an eye on the news, listen to radio reports or check Twitter (e.g., @TrafficSA or #Traffic) for weather predictions, route updates and traffic alerts. Use apps such as Google maps to plan your routes and to see where the most congested areas are.

Share the responsibility of driving so you can take turns driving long distances,” said Blaauw.

Driving tips for your road trip:

SOS and Roadside assistance

Santam offers a 24/7 Emergency Hotline 0860 505 911, or you can easily access our emergency services through our client app. SOS services are available to all our policyholders at no additional cost.