South Africans love a holiday and the Easter break is the perfect time to visit family, get together with friends and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
By getting your house in order, you can get the most from the shorter of the two annual breaks. Use these tips towards a safe and relaxed time over the next holiday season.
Going away means leaving your most valuable asset behind: your home. Planning ahead means making sure that all the security systems and measures are in good working order; the December break would have provided you with an idea of any shortcomings in your security measures, so get them sorted out.
As you get closer to packing and leaving for the trip, remember to be meticulous in securing the house before you go: make sure windows are closed, doors locked and alarms armed. It’s always a good idea to arrange someone to keep an eye on things too – have a neighbour or friend pop over if possible to be sure all is well while you’re away.
Don’t forget the pets
As a pet owner, providing for their wellbeing is a responsibility which doesn’t end when the holidays begin. Either arrange for a ‘petsitter’ to come in and feed, water and exercise your pets, or book in advance at the kennel or cattery. Busy times like Easter mean these places are likely to be inundated with demand; make sure your pets are taken care of so you don’t have to worry about them.
Don’t suspend good sense when on holiday – an accident can ruin the whole trip. Take extra care on busy roads, make sure travel and other insurance policies are up to date, try to avoid doing unnecessarily risky things. Drink responsibly and follow the rules.
Get the vehicle serviced
Don’t wait for the last minute, rather have your car serviced well in advance of the next holiday break. Not only does this provide peace of mind that the car can be depended upon, it means no additional expenses during the break. Proactive maintenance in good time preserves your vehicle’s value too. Also take extra care when checking tyres, suspension and steering.
Make (doubly) sure the insurance is sorted
There is one thing worse than returning to a burgled home after a holiday, and that’s realising the insurance policy is absent or hasn’t been paid. That goes for the car too; if you do experience an incident, far better to have it covered by your insurer, who will also get you back on the road ASAP. We’ve mentioned it already, but getting your insurance up to date with appropriate cover is essential (and not just when you’re away on holiday). Also consider life insurance; if anything goes really wrong, this cover can be crucial in making a difficult time easier for your loved ones.
It is a good idea to save the Roadside Assistance telephone number of your insurance company on your cellular phone in case of emergencies. For example, MiWay clients can call the MiHelp Roadside Assistance – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by simply downloading the MiWay app to request assistance at the touch of a button, or calling 08600 767 64.
For more information on car and home insurance visit www.miway.coza.
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