The rainy seasons are a welcome and unwelcome time in South Africa, most times it’s much needed occurrence. However, too much rain over too short a period of time can pose a serious problem.
Excessive rain brings with them the possibility of flash flooding.
As little as 30cm of water can float your car while 15cm of fast-flowing water can knock adults off their feet!
The Arrive Alive website urges all motorists and pedestrians to take note of the following while driving in heavy rain:
- Maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you.
- Slow down. Take your foot off the accelerator and let your speed drop gradually. Never use the brakes suddenly as this may cause the car to skid.
- Beware of oil patches. Do not slam on your brakes, just steer through.
- Take bends slowly and keep both hands on the wheel.
- Keep your headlights on dim to see and be seen.
- Wait a short time after the rain begins before using your windshield wipers because the blades may smear your windscreen and impede visibility.
- Be careful of other cars to your rear and in blind spots. They are especially difficult to see through rain-spattered windows.
- Take extra care during the first half hour after rain begins. Grime and oil on the road surface mix with water to make the road slippery.
Whether driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road: TURN AROUND!
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