The annual Easter Holidays are a time when many South Africans embark on long distance journeys, whether for religious purposes or to enjoy the year’s first restive break.
This makes it an appropriate time to ensure that the relevant insurance cover is in place for possible vehicle damage, theft, home break-ins or potential cyber fraud.
"Due to the large number of people on the roads over the Easter Holidays there is a heightened probability of accidents occurring so it is vital that motorists have insurance policies in place and that they avoid behavior such as driving under the influence, which could render any claims null and void,” says John Manyike, Head of Financial Education at Old Mutual.
“Past experience also tells us that there is usually a spike in house burglaries during this time as many people are away from home.”
Figures from the National Transport Department show that 510 people were killed on South African roads during the 2018 Easter holiday, a 14% increase from the previous year’s figure of 449 deaths. In addition, no less than 1,698 drivers were arrested for driving vehicles with worn tyres and hundreds more for driving under the influence of alcohol.