Road Trip Ready Essentials
Road trips may be on the cards for many South Africans during the holidays. But, as exciting as that may sound, it does come with some challenges.
Changing location means facing changes in:
- Air, water and food-borne bacteria.
- Temperature fluctuations.
All of the above can expose you to health risks, as well as the existing dangers of South African roads.
Driving can prove to be overwhelming for most of us.
Many drivers admit to shouting or getting agitated behind the wheel every week, if not every day.
Drivers will find themselves sharing the road with:
- Delivery vans.
- Heavy freight vehicles.
- Cargo trucks.
- Cash-in-transit vans.
Navigating through high volumes of holiday traffic can ruin your summer. Here is how you can have a safe road trip this summer.
What to Do Before You Hit the Road
Before you get onto the road, ensure you have the following:
- A well-serviced car
- A spare tyre.
- Enough fuel in the tank.
- Car seats for toddlers and babies.
- Sufficient rest for long-distance trips across the country.
- A power bank or cables to charge electronics.
- Some loud music to keep you alert.
- A licensed driving partner.
- Regular pit stops at your nearest petrol station.
- Live GPS updates for the other passengers.
- Adequate food and emergency medication supplies.
- Antihistamines and allergy medication.
- Sunglasses to assist with harsh sunlight or day vision.
- Enough wet wipes and sanitiser.
- Spare cash stored safely in case of emergencies.
- Sunscreen to guard against sunburn in the car.
How to Deal with Motion Sickness
- The first tip is to decelerate your speed.
- Sit in the front of the car.
- Try and focus your gaze on a specific point or landmark ahead.
- Practice deep breathing.
- Open a car window or turn on the air conditioning.
- Keep a brown paper bag handy to use in case of breathing emergencies like panic or anxiety attacks.
- Motion sickness tablets can help if taken at least 30 minutes before travelling.
- Home remedies, such as ginger, are also effective in reducing nausea.
Learn More: Why Ginger is So Good for You
While travelling, all parents should follow standard hygiene measures for themselves and their children:
- Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based sanitiser with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Practice good respiratory hygiene (cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and immediately dispose of the used tissue).
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Always carry hand sanitiser, a pack of disposable tissues, and disinfecting wipes.
Stay in Touch 24/7 with Affinity Health
All members can use the Affinity Health app to do the following:
- Update your current plan with your contact info or payment details.
- Amend the number or type of dependants covered on your policy.
- Request pre-authorisation before using ANY benefit.
- Log a call request for a Telehealth consultation at your convenience.
- Share your GP referrals with us for Specialists Visits.
- Get hospital pre-authorisation for planned admissions, casualty room visits and accidents.
- Connect to the iER App to send alerts for 24/7 emergency response.
- Locate a network provider or preferred hospital closest to you.