Following recent events and the upcoming nationwide protests, it’s wise to always be prepared for such an eventuality, especially if you are caught driving.
According to the Automobile Association of South Africa, the first and probably most important course of action is to avoid these areas. Monitor media reports or social media updates to find alternative routes to reach your destination. You can also use the live update function on your GPS device to steer clear of these areas.
You never know when you may find yourself in a dangerous situation
Protest action can erupt without warning. It can be caused by any number of things – economic collapse, labour laws, or any other stirring incident that we simply can’t predict. The South African Police Service (SAPS) advises motorists to be vigilant at all times and if possible, rather delay your journey or find alternate routes. Other tips to keep in mind if you are travelling through areas of civil unrest:
- Remain in your car but be prepared to exit your car quickly, if necessary.
- Remain as calm as possible to ensure that you are aware of what’s going on around you.
- Keep your car moving as far as you can whilst checking for possible escape routes.
- If police are present, follow their instructions and seek assistance from them.
- Always keep tools and emergency supplies in your car to ensure that you are not stranded next to the side of the road if your car breaks down or you hit that unexpected pothole. Visit the Matrix website to find out more about Pothole Assist and additional Matrix service offerings.
It’s important to plan your trips and be aware of potential dangers that you may encounter along the way. The journey can be unpredictable and having the right partner by your side can make all the difference. Your vehicle’s security is essential but ultimately, yours and your loved one’s safety is of the utmost importance to us. So before you leave home, make sure that you are covered with Matrix Protect. As a member of the Matrix family, sign up today by clicking here or contact us on 011 654 8090.