HITTING THE ROAD? PRICY EXERCISE BUDDIES MUST BE INSURED
Thursday, February 13, 2014
With “get fit” one of the top New Year’s resolutions, thousands of South Africans are hitting the streets with fresh determination. Dial Direct is urging runners and cyclists to take care of themselves and their “exercise buddies”.
“Anyone who takes their exercise seriously likes to know how they’re doing, how far they went, and how fast they did it. Heart rate monitors, GPS devices and smart phones with exercise-monitoring applications have therefore become our exercise companions of choice.
“Equipped with features for tracking and analysing progress, they don’t come cheap. In fact, a decent, GPS-enabled heart rate monitor can cost anywhere in the region of R1 000 to R6 000. Carrying these devices strapped to arms or waists when cycling or running on the road comes with the risk of them being snatched. Like your other valuable portable possessions, make sure they are insured,” cautions John October, spokesperson for Dial Direct Insurance.
Alarmingly, despite the fact that street and public robberies showed a marked increase during the course of last year, a number of people still don’t insure their portable valuables.
“There’s a common misconception that exercise buddies will be automatically insured under a home contents policy. This isn’t the case. You have to notify your insurer to include valuables that you carry around with you under the portable possessions or all-risks section of your policy. Never assume that they’re automatically covered,” advises October.
Portable Possessions cover allows you to claim for items you usually carry around with you every day, which have been stolen, lost or damaged as a result of an insured peril. This includes jewellery, cellphones, and other personal items like clothing.
“Make sure that your heart rate monitor, cellphone or GPS device is specified on your insurance policy. If they are lost or stolen away from home, and you did not specify them, you will not enjoy cover,” says October.
Dial Direct offers these additional safety tips when exercising outdoors: