Driving in unknown territory? What you need to know

Know where you’re going and how to get there smoothly and safely…

Driving in unknown territory is bound to happen at some point during our travels, and in order to ensure that we get from A to B smoothly and safely, there are certain things to keep in mind…

What to consider when driving in unknown territory

Plan ahead

It’s a good idea to study the route you plan to take to get to your destination. With a range of route guide apps and online maps available, you’re a lot less likely to find yourself unable to navigate your way to or out of unknown territory. Get to know your destination and its surroundings, know ahead of time where the nearest petrol station is in the area and which route you’ll be taking to get home.

Keep your phone charged

Getting lost or running into trouble  in an unknown area with a dead phone battery is distressing. Make sure your phone is fully charged before you set off for your trip. It’s a good idea to keep a car charger with you too.

Prepare your vehicle

It may seem obvious to make sure that your car is in good running condition before you head out, but flat tyres, engine problems and dead car batteries are some of the biggest reasons for being left stranded on the side of the road. Get to know the condition of your car and keep things like oil, water and fuel topped up at all times.

Be alert and aware

While SA’s roads are known for some of the dangers that motorists face, it’s vitally important that you keep your wits about you and stay aware at all times. While certain incidents are unpredictable, your chance of avoiding any mishaps starts with YOU.

Also read: Distracted driving is still a massive problem in SA! 

In order to stay focused, avoid distractions such as talking on your phone while driving or playing music too loud.

Emergency numbers

From rock throwing, to hijackings and tragic accidents, there are a number of dangers that motorists have to safeguard themselves against when driving on the N2 and other highways.

While many of these incidents cannot be predicted, you can always be prepared and in the case of any emergency, it’s a good idea to put these numbers on speed dial!

10111 – Police Services

10177 – Ambulance Services

112 – Emergency Services Call Centre

0800-656463 – The N2 Emergency number

Take a friend

If you’re not a confident solo driver, ask a friend to join you on your journey. It may be helpful to have someone navigate the roads for you while you drive, and good company can make for a more enjoyable trip.

Also read: What women need to know about driving alone