Here are the tech tips you need to know if you’re going on a road trip in South Africa
“Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.”
Are you embarking on a long trip? If you’re travelling anywhere in our beautiful country, you will see beautiful destinations. But, we want to make sure your experience is comfortable and hiccup-free. Here are some of our practical tips for planning the best road trip in South Africa.
Initially, the first two things that pop into your head when you think “road trip!” are food and petrol. These two things are important. But, to avoid unforeseen issues, such as getting lost, make sure your tech-related stuff is all set up. This will make your trip smoother, less stressful and more enjoyable.
So, what tech-stuff do you need to sort out? Here are a few tech tips:
#1. Install your apps beforehand
There are so many apps available that can help you make your road trip better. Here are a few free apps you can install before you hit the road.
Waze is a handy navigation app. One of the best things about this app is that it uses real-time user-generated data to show you the best route to take. Download it now and avoid traffic and find the best way to get to your destination without any hassles.
One of the toughest questions you will need to answer during your road trip is “what should we eat?”. Do you want to find the best restaurants? Thanks to the TripAdvisor app, you get access to information about restaurants around South Africa. The best part is that you can read reviews before dining somewhere.
This should be at the top of your list of important apps to download before a road trip. Having good music on your trip will make it a whole lot better. This app is free. If you’re serious about good music, subscribe for a monthly fee to access more features.
This will depend on what you enjoy. Perhaps download a podcast app or set up the Kindle app on your phone or another device. Just make sure you have enough entertainment for along the way. That’s if you’re a passenger, obviously.
#2. Decide how you’re going to charge your devices
If you’re going on a very long trip, your devices may need to be powered-up during your trip. Especially if you’re using your devices for music, navigation and other apps. You can purchase a car charger (original brands over cheaper brands) to keep your devices powered.
Pro tip: don’t forget about backseat drivers. They may need a longer car charger cable to reach them all the way at the back of the car.
#3. Get a hands-free setup
Make sure you stay safe on the road by setting up hands-free in your car. Setting this up is always easier if you have a modern car, but there are ways to get a great hands-free setup going in an older car. Click here icon to view a whole lot of hands-free devices and device holders that can improve your travelling safety.
#4. Get a portable battery jump starter pack
There’s nothing worse than having your perfect road trip in South Africa ruined by a dead car battery. For this reason, buy a battery jump starter pack that is easy and convenient to use. The most important thing to remember is to buy a quality brand and the right type of jump starter for your battery.
The next most important thing to remember is, when you jump-start your car, you need to follow the right procedure. You do not want to ruin your battery or hurt yourself. Once you purchase a battery jump starter pack, read all the information on the provided instructions to maximise your safety.
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Enjoy your trip!
We hope you have an unforgettable road trip in South Africa! Don’t forget to book your accommodation in South Africa early to avoid disappointment and click here to find out SA Best’s list of the best malls in the country.