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Tips to stay safe in the wet


The bad weather affecting many parts of South Africa will require extra vigilance from motorists, and a renewed commitment from all drivers to obey the rules of the road.

The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has given us a few tips for driving safely during wet and raining conditions.

Apart from ensuring their cars are in a good condition, the Association also warned motorists not to take chances by crossing low-lying bridges as the fast-flowing water could cause them to be swept downstream.

Some tips from the Association to keep safe in wet conditions include:

  • Ensure your headlights and brake lights are working
  • Switch on your headlights, especially when natural light is low. Remember this also alerts other drivers to your presence on the road
  • Ensure your windscreen and wipers are in good condition
  • Check that your tyres are in good shape
  • Don’t speed, and maintain a safe following distance
  • Buckle up
  • Don’t cross low-lying bridges, even if you think your car can make it
  • Slow down before entering standing water on the road as this may cause the car to “pull” to the side without warning, and it may be deeper than it looks
  • Avoid areas where there are known to be adverse conditions
  • Adjust your speed for the condition of the road. Just because a road is marked at 120km, doesn’t mean it is safe to travel at this speed in all conditions
  • Concentrate on the road, not on anything else such as electronic devices
  • If  you are going to an area known to have bad weather, and there is a possibility you may to stuck for extended periods, remember to take extra blankets, appropriate clothing and refreshments, and ensure your tank has enough fuel for the journey
  • Keep your cellphone charged in case of an emergency

The wet conditions are expected to continue until at least Thursday and all drivers are urged to stay calm, adhere to the rules of the road, and arrive safely at their destinations

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