Just when you thought you were over the festive season madness and settled into a work, home and school routine again, it’s time to start all over again.
If you’re brave enough to repeat the exercise so soon, Nthabiseng Motsepe, Nissan’s General Manager, Corporate Communications gives some advice on travelling during South Africa’s Easter exodus.
Along with the end-of-year festive season, Easter is one of South Africa’s most celebrated holidays. Though coming hot on the heels of our last big break, most of us feel the urge to make the most of the long weekend – perhaps even extended to a week or two depending on how we can wangle our leave.
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It’s not all chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies, though. Like December, it can be a stressful time as people take to the roads again. Perhaps to attend a religious festival, to visit family and friends, or for some fun in what’s left of the summer sun.
1. Put safety first
Whether your trip is long or short, don’t become a statistic.
More than 1,700 people died on South Africa’s roads during last year’s festive period. About 10 percent were children under the age of four.
Despite these concerning statistics, this remains a serious issue on our roads.
Make sure your car is roadworthy, drive responsibly and observe the rules of the road. Make it non-negotiable that every adult and child is buckled up.
Keep the joy – and every family member – alive at Easter.
2. Plot your route carefully
If you’re venturing far from home, it’s wise to check the state of the roads on your planned route.
Our recent weather extremes have caused lots of potholes and uneven surfaces on many national and provincial roads.
It might be best to make a detour even if it adds time to your journey. You don’t want to be held up with a puncture or more severe damage to your vehicle. This is when Nissan’s 24-hour Roadside Assist comes in handy, getting you back on the road or towing you to the nearest facility.
Your aim is to keep on the move, protect your vehicle, and ensure your family’s safety.
While we’re on the subject of potential road hazards, be on the lookout for pedestrians and animals, especially when you’re off the beaten track.
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3. Enjoy the thrill of an off-road trip
Families wanting to get as far from the madding crowd as possible will most likely opt for an offroad trip.
There’s plenty of scope in South Africa and further afield for an off-road adventure, a game-viewing experience, or traversing some of our vast national parks.
It’s also a chance to put the features of your 4×4, SUV or crossover to the test, away from asphalt roads and the grind of city driving.
If you are in the market for a 4×4, visit your nearest Nissan dealership for all the information on the recently launched all-new Nissan Navara. It’s rugged and redefined for that boy’s trip away or an off-road adventure for the entire family.
If you are going to be fairly isolated, there are a few necessities that you really should consider packing along.
- An excellent navigation system.
- A compressor and air pressure gauge to adjust tyre pressure as necessary.
- Fuel reserves.
- Not to mention a plentiful supply of food and water.
4. Explore your surrounds
If you’re not in the mood to travel far, you’d be amazed at how much there is on your own doorstep.
Whatever the family enjoys for recreation you’re sure to find something that everyone can enjoy quite close to home.
It could be museums or music, action or animals, or just a leisurely stroll through the park.
Make a day of it with a picnic and incorporate some fun activities like an Easter egg treasure hunt.
Find time to put your feet up. A bit of pampering will also help to relax you and recharge your batteries. So if you’re already feeling the strain, don’t feel guilty about booking some time at a nearby spa!
5. Check out local activities
Have a look at your local newspaper for a calendar of Easter activities. There’s usually something special on at this time of year.
We’re gearing up for our annual hosting of the Nissan Easter Festival. This year it runs from 8th to 17th April at Kyalami Equestrian Park in Gauteng.
There are the usual equestrian events, as well as a non-stop programme of activities for the whole family. Plus the chance to test-drive our amazing range of family, work and recreational vehicles.
Whatever you get up to and wherever you drive, make the most of the welcome downtime.