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Roadside Emergency Safety: 10 Vital Tips for South African Drivers

Navigating a roadside emergency can be a daunting experience, but being prepared and knowing how to stay safe is essential. Whether it’s a mechanical breakdown, a flat tire, or any other unexpected situation, having a plan in place can make all the difference.

In South Africa, where roadside incidents are not uncommon, it’s crucial to be aware of safety measures specific to our country’s road conditions and crime rate. Let’s explore 10 practical ways to ensure your safety during a roadside emergency, integrating smart technology and on-demand security for added protection.

  1. Turn on your hazard lights: As soon as you pull over during a roadside emergency, activate your hazard lights immediately. These blinking lights serve as a universal signal to other drivers that you are in distress and require assistance. Keep them on until help arrives or you’re back on the road safely.

  2. Use your interior dome light: If your vehicle has an interior dome light, turn it on, especially when it’s dark outside. The dome light will help make you more visible to suspicious onlookers, and passing drivers and will aid in flagging down assistance.

  3. Utilise your high beams: If your car is safe to operate and you’re stopped in low-light conditions, such as on a poorly lit road at night, consider using your high beams to increase your visibility further. Be mindful of oncoming traffic and dim your lights as necessary.

  4. Wear reflective gear: In addition to illuminating your vehicle, enhance your visibility by wearing reflective clothing or a safety vest if you need to exit your car. This reflective gear will make you stand out, reducing the risk of incidents during low-visibility situations.

  5. Set up warning devices: If you have access to warning devices like flares or reflective triangles, place them strategically around your vehicle, especially if you’re stopped on a busy road or highway. These items will provide an extra layer of visibility and alert approaching drivers to slow down.

  6. Keep your headlights on: Even during the day, it’s good practice to leave your headlights on while parked on the side of the road during an emergency. This helps other drivers notice your presence and can prevent potential collisions.

  7. Choose safe stopping spots: Whenever possible, try to pull over in well-lit areas, nearby establishments, or into a garage. If possible, avoid stopping in isolated or poorly illuminated spots, as they may pose additional safety risks.

  8. Stay inside your vehicle: In South Africa, it’s advisable to remain inside your vehicle during a roadside emergency, especially in high-crime areas. Staying inside provides a layer of protection and can prevent confrontations with strangers passing by.

  9. Keep doors locked and windows up: Keep your doors locked and windows up while waiting for help to arrive. This precaution can help deter potential criminals from attempting to enter your vehicle. Remain in the car and wait for help.

  10. Communicate via phone: Save the number of roadside assistance on your phone before heading out. Consider subscribing to an on-demand emergency service with GPS tracking capabilities, like those powered by AURA, for an unparalleled level of safety and quick response during emergencies.

By integrating smart technology and on-demand security solutions, such as those provided by AURA, along with following these safety tips and being vigilant of your surroundings, you can significantly enhance your ability to protect yourself during a roadside emergency.

Author: Jason Suttner | General Manager | AURA ZA

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