With another week of bitterly cold weather forecasted for South Africans, we look at some tips to stay safe on winter roads.
Another week of bitterly cold winter weather is expected for South Africa, with snowfall and rainfall predicted for some provinces.
According to ER24 emergency services, bad weather may bring with it reduced visibility, steering ability, and traction when you are on the road.
“You’ll also need more time and space when braking to a stop.
“Sadly, ER24 paramedics are all too familiar with the increased number of road accidents in adverse conditions.”
Wet roads reduce tyre traction, which may cause skidding and sliding.
During a rain shower, oil on the road (spilt from vehicles) also gets loosened, creating an unexpected slippery surface.
“The best way to be safe in extremely wet, windy weather is to avoid driving at all,” Grant Stewart, ER24 Branch Manager, said.
But if you have to get behind the wheel, bear these tips in mind.
Another option is to enroll in a defensive driving course.
“Drivers who choose to do this learn to be aware of road and weather conditions, other vehicles, road users, and potentially hazardous situations,” says Sidney Venter, ER24 Regional Manager of Central Region.
“They also know what to do to avoid causing a road crash or becoming involved in one. Of course, it’s critical that you don’t think you’re Lewis Hamilton once you’ve completed the course!”
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