With holiday trips families take during seasons, such as Easter and other upcoming breaks expected in the month of May and beyond, Standard Bank Namibia (SBN) advices on how to save in the process.
The public relations and corporate communications manager, Surihe Gaomas-Guchu notes before one embarks on a trip, certain facts need to be taken into account to make it comfortable.
Guchu notes planning a route helps travellers keep up to date with road blocks and speed traps along the way.
She thus warns travellers to budget well, by setting aside enough money for the journey.
“Try not to spend on what you have already allocated for the trip. Stick to the budget”.
Secondly, checking the tyres, before going on the trip is important, to make sure they are suitable for the journey.
“The last thing you want is to be stranded in the middle of nowhere, with a set of tyres that have come up against potholes one too many times. The best way to determine whether your tyres need replacing is to check the tread. Generally, it should never be less than 1.6mm in depth. If you’re unsure, ask a professional and get your wheels aligned while you’re at it”.
For further savings, she advises on packing snacks. “Have bottled water, sandwiches, yogurt, fruit and biltong on your grocery list and swipe with your Standard Bank debit or credit card”.
To be further prepared for the trip, packing a first-aid kit is essential, Guchu says.
“It should include items, such as aspirin, antibiotic ointment, adhesive tape, tweezers, antiseptic wipes and solution, any prescription medication or those for allergies. More items could be sharp scissors, safety pins, calamite lotion, thermometer, plastic non-latex gloves, flashlight and extra batteries, as well as a blanket. Again, do not forget to fill up the tank and get full service by checking the oil, water and tyre pressure of your car.”