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7 Tips To Stay Safe During a Car Breakdown in SA

Sep 15, 2023 | Car

South Africa is a beautiful country with a lot to offer, but it is important to be aware of safety concerns when you’re hitting the road – whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure. The fact is, car breakdowns just happen. Very often, it’s not right outside a car mechanic shop or at a time that’s most convenient for you. That’s why it’s so important to know how to navigate these incidents safely.

With that in mind, here are 7 essential tips for navigating breakdowns safely in South Africa.

Plan Ahead

Before you hit the road, make sure you have a plan in place in case of a breakdown. Know the route you will be taking and have a backup plan in case of an emergency. We’d even suggest that you keep a physical map book in your car, just in case you have no signal or run out of battery and can only limp along for another few kilometres.

Plan Ahead (Again)

Yes, knowing where you’re going is important. But there’s another type of planning that could make all the difference as to how you feel during a breakdown and how safe you actually are. To that end, make sure you have a charged cellphone and a list of emergency numbers, including the number for your car insurer, roadside assistance service, or the car rental company.

We’d even suggest you download an emergency app onto your phone. There are a few South African insurers who have launched emergency apps that you can use for a small fee when you’re feeling threatened or are in danger, so check this with your insurer. Of course, there are also apps available in your App Store (not connected to your insurance) which you can download for a fee and enjoy added protection and peace of mind.

Stay In Your Car

If you do experience a breakdown, stay in your car until help arrives. There are, unfortunately, areas in South Africa with higher crime rates, and it’s simply not safe to leave your car unattended. The general rule is to lock your doors and windows, and keep your valuables out of sight.

Call For Help

If you have a cellphone, call your insurer (for their roadside assistance service) or your own roadside assistance for help. Failing that, call whoever you trust who is in the area for help. If you don’t have a cellphone, stay in your car and wait for someone to come by whom you feel that you can trust to assist. 

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

When you’re waiting for help, be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for any suspicious activity and be prepared to leave if you feel unsafe. If you’re in a remote area, it’s much safer to stay in your car until help arrives.

Be Prepared For The Weather

South Africa is home to all manner of weather conditions, including heavy rain and flooding. If you’re travelling during the rainy season, keep an eye on weather reports and be prepared to change your plans if necessary.

Keep Your Car Maintained

One of the best ways to avoid a breakdown is to keep your car well-maintained. Make sure you have regular oil changes, check your tyre pressure, and keep your tank full. If you notice any issues with your car, have them addressed as soon as possible. Of course, having an affordable maintenance plan or warranty will help you deal with issues that cause you to breakdown.

We recommend that you take the time to check out this range of . The right plan will help you with the cost of paying for mechanical, electrical, and electronic failures that may happen to your vehicle.

Feel informed?

Ultimately, navigating breakdowns safely in South Africa requires a bit of planning ahead, and hopefully by following these essential tips, you can stay safe and enjoy all that South Africa has to offer.

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