Holiday Survival Tips

It’s that time of the year again when many people will be making their way to various holiday destination or visiting friends and family. This usually leads to an increase in traffic volumes along major routes. If you will be spending a lot of time on the road during these holidays, here are a few survival tips:

  1. Carry your AA membership card
    Remember, your key to AA service is your membership card – carry it with you at all times.
  2. Plan your journey
    An extensive range of route maps is available from AA Auto Shops.  Plan the route you will travel before you leave.  Let a family member or friend know when you will be leaving and when you expect to return from your holiday.  Also give them a copy of your planned route.
  3. Ensure that your car is roadworthy
    A roadworthiness check should include the following:
    - Headlights,
    - Indicators,
    - Stop lights,
    - Tail lights,
    - Windscreen wiper blades,
    - Brakes,
    - Steering,
    - Tyres, including the spare,
    - Exhaust system,
    - Possible fuel leaks.
  4. Check your insurance policies
    Your motor vehicle, household, homeowner’s and life assurance policies should be in order and kept in a safe place.  This will help to give you peace of mind should anything happen while you are on holiday.
  5. Carry spare fan belt and radiator hoses
    Your car may break down in a remote area where these parts are not readily available, so it is wise to carry spares in your car.
  6. Jack and wheel spanner
    Make sure that you have a serviceable lifting-jack and wheel-spanner in your car.
  7. Spare keys
    Keep a spare set of ignition, boot and house keys in your wallet or purse – you never know when you may need them.
  8. Cancel deliveries
    Cancel newspaper deliveries to your home and inform the nearest police station that you will be away.


  1. Buckle-up and make sure all your passengers do too. Younger children should be seated in child-restraint devices.
  2. Maintain a safe following distance.
  3. Adjust your speed to road conditions.  Slow down when it is raining or when the road is wet.  Also reduce your speed when travelling in rural areas where animals may cross the road at any time.
  4. Use low beam headlights between sunset and sunrise as well as in poor visibility. (Never drive with your parking lights on.)
  5. Guard against fatigue.  Make frequent rest stops or, where possible, change drivers.
  6. Carry a blanket, fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
  7. Start your holiday the moment you leave home.  Don’t speed or drive irresponsibly to get to your holiday destination – you might never get there.
  8. Always obey the rules of the road.


  1. Keep your car locked when unattended.
  2. Don’t leave valuables in your car where these may create a temptation for passersby.  Rather lock these items in the boot.
  3. Never leave a child or pet in a parked car.  The temperature build-up in a car, which has been parked in the sun, may cause heatstroke that can be fatal.

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