2020 is shuddering to an end and for many of those who are leaving this year mostly unscathed and are planning a most rewarding holiday, this December there is going to be a few more safety precautions to keep in mind than usual.

With the global public health scare of the year reportedly making a return, travellers are being advised on how to make the most of their trip by using the safest means possible. As more people are moving around the country, heading off in all directions to their favourite holiday spots, the COVID-19 virus is likely to be on the move as well.

In a year of ups and downs, the December holiday break is something that everyone is looking forward to. And whether you are heading off to your favourite local camping site, with one of our trailers for hire in tow, or if you are planning your traditional beach trip, this December is not going to be like the ones of previous years.

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Various places are slowing down activity again, following fresh spikes in cases, with Nelson Mandela Bay and the Garden Route having a few restrictions reintroduced. To guide you safely through this festive season, these are some pointers that you can keep in mind.

  1. When travelling, keep the windows open and allow your vehicle to be well-ventilated. It’s summer anyway, so you probably won’t mind having the wind in your hair.
  2. Keep away from overcrowded places. The beaches and other destinations are likely to be packed full of excited travellers, but if you are concerned about getting sick, simply avoid these places or stay about a meter and a half away from everyone.
  3. Sanitise when you are out in public. It can help to bring along your own hand sanitiser which you can keep on your or in your luggage.

Other Travel Safety Tips

South African roads are likely to be far busier than in previous years, with people having been stuck at home for most of the year and unable to get away to enjoy some downtime. When you are on the roads and especially when you have a trailer with you, you will want to make sure that you stick to all of the basic rules of the road. Take your time, travel slowly and make sure that you have done all of the safety checks on your vehicle before you hit the road.

You should also make sure that you pack a spare tire and if you are travelling to a remote location, be sure to bring along extra fuel. It could also help to have your car serviced before you go on holiday, even if it is just to give you that extra peace of mind.

You should also consider having another look at your insurance, to make sure that everything is still in order, so that if something happens while you are driving, you will at least be financially covered.

Newlands Trailers wishes you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support over the last 12 months and we hope you have a peaceful holiday.