Driving long distances this December?
Here are Namola’s top safety tips for you on the road!
1. Ensure you have Namola Plus downloaded on your phone.
Test your Namola app prior to your car trip to check all is working and that you know how to call for assistance if you need help.
*Remember Namola Plus will dispatch immediate armed emergency services (Security and Medical) response to your location as soon as you press SOS. Namola free will call you back to verify your emergency and then notify government emergency services.
Read more about the difference between Namola and Namola Plus
2. Ensure your driver's license and license disk are renewed, and that your car is roadworthy.
Ensure you have your driver's license and license disk renewed before you start your trip. Should you be in an accident and these are not renewed, your insurance might not cover you. It is always recommended to check your tyres, lights, oil, and water prior to any road trip, plus check you have all the equipment you need should you be in a car accident. These include a spare tyre, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, the correct tools to change a tyre, rope, a triangle and a phone charging cable.
3. Plan your route in advance
Plan your route well in advance and cater to comfort breaks and rest when you need to. It is always recommended to travel with someone, for when you are tired - you can swap drivers every few hours.
*ensure that your other driver is listed as a regular driver on your insurance policy.
4. Practice changing your car tyre
Changing a car tyre is not as difficult as most people think it is, and knowing how to do it could save your life - especially if you are in the middle of nowhere.
Remember, should you ever feel unsafe (even on the side of the road) you can call Namola Plus for immediate assistance.
5. Never drive after consuming a lot of alcohol
Drinking and driving is against the law. Even one alcoholic drink could affect your ability to focus and show caution while driving.
Avoid driving after an evening of drinking, as this will have an impact on your energy levels.
6. Avoid all distractions
Keep your phone nearby for emergency assistance only. Only take phone calls through the use of bluetooth or a hands-free driving set. Never text and drive.
7. Buckle up!
Not only should every person in your vehicle be strapped in, but it is equally important to ensure that all children in your vehicle are strapped in their approved car seats - and are in the back seat of your vehicle.
8. Follow the rules of the road
Stick to the speed limits in designated areas, as well as the rules of the road for overtaking other vehicles. Do not overtake vehicles on a blind rise.
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