Be Your Own Hero On the Road

 

 

This Women’s Month, Netstar’s goal is to uplift and empower our community to feel both safe and secure while travelling on South African roads. In the South African landscape, there are a couple of factors to consider when planning a trip – road conditions, weather, hijacking hotspots & traffic. In order to arrive safe and sound at your destination, you’re required to do a bit of planning to ensure you’re fully equipped for anything that may come your way. 
 
When considering how to remain safe when driving from A to B, there are a couple of factors to consider. For example, is the route you’re travelling on a hijacking hotspot? Have you checked the weather report to check for issues like heavy rain, flooding or hail? Or would you know what to do if you were involved in a minor bumper bashing? 
 
In order to better equip you for your journey, Netstar has put together a journey toolkit to make sure you’re ready for anything the road throws your way: 
 
1. A bit of know-how 
 
Not many people actually know how to change a tyre on their own car. While this task might be intimidating, it’s a crucial skill to have if you spend a lot of time on the road. Essentials shared a very helpful article explaining the basic points to change a tyre, and here are some basic items you should keep in your car:
 
  • A spare tyre that’s properly inflated
  • A jack
  • A pair of gloves
  • A lug wrench
  • Your car’s manual
 
2. Some peace of mind 
 
Whether you or your loved one are heading out on a trip, Netstar’s Safe and Sound app allows for complete peace of mind while on the road. Whether the concern is your loved one getting into an accident or getting to their destination safely, the app allows easy tracking with trip alerts and reports at every touchpoint. 
 
3. Upskilling yourself 
 
Investing in an advanced driver’s course is something South Africans should consider. Whether it be to get out of a tricky situation or to navigate harrowing terrain; having the skills to control your car is an extremely beneficial skill to have. 
 
4. Knowing what to do 
 
Touch wood you’ll never need to know this, but if you ever find yourself in an accident, here is what you’ll need to do: 
 
  • Pull over if you can in order to avoid further accidents 
  • If you cannot move your vehicle, ensure you put up your emergency triangle to let people know your car is stationery 
  • Assess the damage on your vehicle and then on the other vehicle/s by taking pictures on your cell phone 
  • Exchange cell number, email address, ID number and insurance details with the other party before getting to safety 
 
Through Safe and Sound it’s now even easier to keep an eye on your loved ones after they’ve left home. Call us today on 0860 12 24 36 for more information on the wide range of Safe and Sound products which keep you, your loved ones and your vehicle protected.