Driving through areas of civil unrest
This is a topic that isn’t spoken about very often – probably because it’s not something we like to think about or expect to happen. Following recent events, it’s wise to always be prepared for such an eventuality, especially if you are caught in a civil unrest situation while driving.
According to the Automobile Association of South Africa, the first and probably most important course of action is to avoid these areas. Monitor media reports or social media updates to find alternative routes to reach your destination. You can also use the live update function on your GPS device to steer clear of these areas.
Any time, any place
Civil unrest can erupt without warning. It can be caused by an economic collapse, a protest turned sour, or any other stirring incident that we simply can’t predict. The South African Police Service advises motorists to be vigilant at all times and if possible, rather delay your journey or find alternate routes. Other tips to keep in mind if you are travelling through areas of civil unrest:
- Remain in your car but be prepared to exit your car quickly, if necessary.
- Remain as calm as possible to ensure that you are aware of what’s going on around you.
- Keep your car moving as far as you can whilst checking for possible escape routes.
- If police are present, follow their instructions and seek assistance from them.
- Always keep tools and emergency supplies in your car to ensure that you are not stranded next to the side of the road if your car breaks down or you hit that unexpected pothole. Visit Beame Protect to find out more about Pothole Assist and other service offerings.
“It’s important that anyone driving in an area that may be affected by unrest understands that the SAPS will most probably have blocked off a road to prevent entry. Listen to the police, and don’t put yourself in any danger by disobeying them. If you are in this situation, check for possible escape routes you can use, or for a police presence that you can approach for assistance,” says Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng, SAPS Gauteng Provincial spokesperson.
It’s important to plan your trips and be aware of potential dangers that you may encounter along the way. Safety always starts with planning so before you leave home, make sure that you are simply sorted with Beame Protect. As a member of the Beame family, sign up today by clicking here or contact us on 0860 BEAME1 (232631)
‘Till next time!