For most people, the festive season is spent with family and friends, taking that much needed break after a long and busy year.
However, the reality is that the festive season is also one of the busiest months on the roads resulting in not only a number of road accidents, but it is also the perfect opportunity for criminals to tick of their own wish lists, while people begin to unwind, relax and become less vigilant.
This is why it is important to consider all the necessary preventative measures in order to protect your family this holiday season.
In light of this, Matrix and IMPERIAL Road Safety are giving motorists travelling this festive season, a few travel tips to keep in mind before making their way to their various holiday destinations.
As a Matrix customer, the combination of technology and self-awareness can really make a difference to one’s safety this festive season – providing peace of mind and the ability to enjoy a care-free holiday. Remember to activate the following functionalities while you are out and about this holiday season:
Geo-fencing* – you can set up personal safety zones that indicates whether you are driving in a dangerous area, in and around your holiday destination, or as you make your way to your destination.
GPS Pinpoint technology – enabling you, or any one of your family members, to view the exact location of your vehicle, on a map, via a smartphone or computer. Should you be in any kind of danger, GPS pinpoint positioning makes it possible for emergency medical and roadside assistance to be dispatched to the exact location of your vehicle.
Roadside assistance** – should you break down next to the road, roadside and medical assistance can be dispatched immediately, preventing you and your family from being targets for criminals next to the road.
Crash alerts** – should a major road accident occur; an alert will instantaneously be sent to the Matrix control room where the relevant medical assistance will be dispatched to your exact location.
Real-time vehicle monitoring* – your vehicle can be monitored via your mobile phone, no matter if you are in your vehicle or not, making it easy for you to have real-time sight of your vehicle at all times.
Early warning alerts* – you can receive ‘early warnings’ of any unauthorised movement of your vehicle, should you quickly pop into a shop or have dinner at a restaurant
Niki Cronje, group Marketing at Imperial says, “Road safety starts with each and every one of us and of course, while technology is very helpful, it can’t just stop here. Road safety is very much about changing one’s own behaviour and making sure that proactive steps are taken before, and while travelling.”
*Available to MX2 and MX3 customers
**Available to MX3 customers
Here are a few tips around road safety that you can apply this festive season:
Ensure you take your vehicle for a complete check-up at least two weeks before you depart for vacation to ensure all critical elements such as brakes, engine, etc. are in full working order
Wear your safety belt at all times
Strap your children into a weight and height appropriate car seat
Do not speed and remember to keep a safe following distance
Never overtake on a blind rise or on a corner
Make sure that you are always visible, by driving with your headlights on, even during the day
Adjust your driving to suit weather, road surface or traffic flow conditions
Always drive a good 20km per hour slower at night
Stay alert by getting a good night’s rest before a long journey and take a break every two hours or 200 kilometres
Never drink and drive!
Matrix understands the importance of keeping you and your loved ones safe at all times and that is why Matrix services include national network coverage, 24/7 Operations centre and free stolen vehicle recovery, to name a few. Rest assured that Matrix is always right by your side this holiday season.
The Matrix Team