posted 16 Dec 2017, 06:28 by Melvin Hoods
Planning a well-deserved getaway in December? Taking your family on a road trip? Wherever you’ll be during the holiday season, read Indwe’s tips to stay safe.
Before you leave home:
Make sure your alarm system is working properly.
Tell your security company you are going on holiday.
Ensure that there’s a battery back-up for your alarm in case the power goes off.
Check that all the windows are closed, the doors are locked and that, if you have them, all your security cameras are working and that you can monitor them remotely.
Instal day-night sensors or motion detectors outside your home.
Ask a neighbour to check on your house, to take collect your mail, open and close your curtains, and turn your lights on and off.
Put some of your inside lights and even your TV or radio on timers, to create the illusion that someone is home.
Do not post your holiday plans on social media – criminals have access to the Internet too.
Explain to your house-sitter, domestic worker or gardener that if anyone, such as a plumber, comes by while you’re not there, they can only be let in with your permission.
When you’re on the road:
Take your car in for safety checks before you set out.
Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you’re going on a long trip, take regular breaks to avoid getting overtired. Best yet, if there is someone with you, take turns driving.
When you want to overtake someone, make sure you have a clear view of the oncoming traffic, and only overtake one vehicle at a time.
Never overtake someone on a solid line and never take a chance with oncoming vehicles, rather wait until you have an open road before overtaking.
Slow down! When you’re speeding, you have less reaction time in dangerous situations and a bigger chance of getting hurt.
Pay attention to other drivers – you might follow the road rules, but that doesn’t mean they are.