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Knock-knock-knocking on the wrong door

Monday, April 03, 2017

Gone are the days of sending letters door-to-door, or walking over to a friend’s house for a quick “Hello”. You’re probably not even sure if your friend Tebogo lives in 54 Blueberry Lane or 54 Bluebird Street. However, you need to be sure about one thing – your own address details.

Because we believe you shouldn’t feel uncertain about anything in life, let alone your insurance, we’re making it really easy for you to update your home or work address details online. No more painstaking conversations trying to spell a street name over the phone. Simply log in to your online profile to do it in minutes and know that, when you claim, all your details are 100% correct.

With that in mind, take a look at these weird and wonderful address facts.

Unique street names

We’ve gathered some strange street names from around the world.

  • Electric Avenue
  • Memory Lane
  • I Dream Of Jeannie Way
  • Zzyzx Road
  • Psycho Path
  • Why Worry Lane
  • Shades of Death Road
  • Where O Where Drive
  • Quite A Road

Postal codes

Did you know that not all countries use postal codes? And those that do use them all have different coding systems. It would either be a series of letter and/or digits, and sometimes includes spaces or punctuation. The first postal code in the world was used in London, in 1857, when the city was divided into 10 districts.

Google Maps and Street View

Some interesting facts:

  • Google Maps has over 21 million gigabytes of data from satellite, aerial and street-level imagery.
  • Images on Maps are updated every two weeks.
  • Google protects your privacy by blurring out faces and number plates through their automatic blurring technology.
  • In countries like Australia, the US, France, Ireland and the UK, you can use Street View inside buildings.
  • Since its inception in 2007, the Street View vehicles have driven more than 8 million kilometres.

Uniquely South African

  • 500 new houses are being built every day since 1994.
  • More than 50 000 people are moving from the townships to the suburbs every month.
  • Vilakazi Street in Soweto is the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Now that you’ve learned more about streets & addresses around the world, check online to see if your details are up to date. Whether you live in the ‘Burg, CT, Durbz or Kuruman, you never have to be uncertain about your cover. You can trust Dialdirect to help take the unsure out of insure.


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