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COVID-19: Safe travel to your local tourist destination in a new norm

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Despite an international travel ban for COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, local attractions and destinations still exist in the country’s nine provinces.

As part of World Tourism Day on September 27, South Africans, after staying at home for a long time because of strict restrictions imposed by the deadly virus, will travel to various tourist destinations to have fun and revitalizing the ailing economy.

With research, planning, and a few practical steps, you can experience the rich culture that your backyard has to offer.

Plan your route ahead of time

Ford Waze Cars with SYNC®3 is one of the most reliable third-party navigation applications.

It offers passengers turn-by-turn directions to their destination.

We will let you know of any traffic problems including roadblocks or other problems that may arise during your trip and will reroute around them.

Waze requires your GPS and data plan to work, but will only save an offline version of your course if your signal drops during a trip.

Research

Find alternative places that interest you.

Find new restrictions and guidelines to follow.

Your investigation should also include guidelines for the cleanliness of the hotel, resort, or camp where you are staying.

Knowing hotels are doing their best when taking your loved ones on a trip with you.

Pack a sterilization kit

You’re going to need supplies when you’re away than relying on picking them up along the way.

Pack enough face masks for multiple changes for each passenger and the recommended 70% alcohol hand sanitizer.

More Protection

Add disinfectant wipes (not baby wipes) to use when touching surfaces, including fuel pump, handles, ATM keypads, and bank cards after use. Make sure it doesn’t contain bleach to avoid unwanted damage to the walls.

We also recommend you to use liquid soap and surgical gloves.

Clean your car

Make sure your car is clean before you leave. Wash your car by hand to remove dust and grime. Remove residue in cabin and luggage. A clean car is a great way to start your vacation.

Check your car

Check tyre pressure. If your car has also been quarantined, check that the pressure isn’t dropping – and check the spare tyre. Loosen the lid and also check your fluid levels. If your car needs repair, book a session at a Ford service center of your choice.

Steamy windows

Do your sunglasses evaporate when you wear a mask? Try this tip: fold and tuck the top once, then press the metal strip over your nose. This will create a small gap to breathe without being blown into your lens.

Filling up petrol

Pay with your bank card at petrol stations to decrease contact with people. After charging, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water if possible. Remember to wear your mask in public.

Travel with fewer stops

Avoid unnecessary contact with people and areas not sanitized.

Take note of your stopping points.

This allows you to keep an eye on your contacts in case you or a family member falls ill at a later date.

Avoid contact

When you arrive at hotels and resorts changed the new norm. If possible, choose contactless check-in and check-out. If you need to sign documents at the reception, use your pen. Avoid validating your car. This will save you time to disinfect any areas that may come into contact with valet parking.

Remember that the most important thing is to have fun and at the same time stay safe. You can travel anywhere you have always wanted to experience. Share your trip by tagging @FordSouthAfrica when posting your photos.

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