Holiday safety hints from our Car of the Year sponsor AMI Insurance
With only 10 sleeps until Christmas, AMI has offered its top ten holiday hints to keep your most important possessions – your house, your contents and your car, as well as your family - safe over the Christmas period.
The advice comes from AMI’s Resident Insurance expert, Chris Kiddey, who talks from personal experience as he plans for his Christmas holiday.
“I’m about to embark on the great Kiwi road trip, jumping in a car with my family, travelling the length of the South Island. But we have to face facts – bad things can happen when we’re on holiday,” he said.
“So, thinking about this in advance of my own trip, what are the top 10 things I’m going to do to protect me, my things and my family while I’m away?"
- “When I leave my house, I’m going to do a couple of things so it doesn’t look deserted – put a couple of lights on a timer, get a friend to empty the mail and drop in once or twice, make himself a cup of tea. I may be even get someone to house sit or get a neighbour to park in the driveway. Don’t leave open invitations to opportunist thieves driving down your street.
- “While we’re on holiday, the car will be locked and alarmed and valuable items stashed carefully out of sight, or else we will take them with us. This is the same no matter where you are – in the country as well as the city.
- “On the beach, one particular trick is to use an old sunscreen container or something to store jewellery, keys and cash. It’s one of those simple things that won’t outright remove all risk but will reduce it dramatically
.- “Also, don’t park in an isolated spot. And if you are in a row of cars, make sure your one isn’t the vehicle with something valuable left in a visible position. You know which one will be broken into and you don’t want it to be your’s.
- “In advance of your summer road trip, get your car checked out – in my case the tyres had to be replaced and wheel alignment done. But I feel so much safer now on the open road.
- “Please stick to the speed limit. No matter how good a driver you think you are, you have no idea about the abilities of the other drivers on the road.
- “Take plenty of rests, and share the driving to make sure the driver is awake and alert at all times.
- “Make sure you have a good first aid kit, bottled water and a fire extinguisher in the car, so you can look after the safety of everyone onboard – and anyone you might happen to meet.
- “With regard to Christmas decorations, don’t use old, dodgy Christmas lights (LED lights are best). In fact don’t do anything that risks setting your Christmas tree on fire.
- “And finally, your personal safety and that of your friends and family is obviously even more important than looking after your possessions. So if you’re out in the sun, wear a hat, apply sunscreen and swim between the flags at the beach. Oh, and be a tidy Kiwi!”