Attention snow chasers – Here’s where to see snow in South Africa. Photos: Facebook/Stock
Snow chasers do we have your attention? Here is where snow has been confirmed on Wednesday – so grab the family and go hunt for SNOW.
ATTENTION – SNOW CHASERS SNOW SPOTTED HERE – WATCH
This comes after the South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a level 2 warning for disruptive SNOWFALL. The snowfall is expected to continue until 15 Wednesday evening late.
“The accumulation of snow is expected to result in isolated loss of vulnerable livestock and some passes can be closed for a short period due to the accumulation of snow. Snowmelt may also result in slippery driving conditions.”
Adjust Turning and Braking to Conditions. Make turns as gentle as possible. Don’t brake any harder than necessary.
Adjust Speed to Conditions. Don’t pass slower vehicles unless necessary. Go slow and watch far enough ahead to keep a steady speed. Avoid having to slow down and speed up. Take curves at slower speeds and don’t brake while in curves. Be aware that as the temperature rises to the point where ice begins to melt, the road becomes even more slippery. Slow down more.
Adjust Space to Conditions. Don’t drive alongside other vehicles. Keep a longer following distance. When you see a traffic jam ahead, slow down or stop to wait for it to clear. Try hard to anticipate stops early and slow down gradually.
Be careful of Wet Brakes. When driving in heavy rain or deep standing water, your brakes will get wet. Water in the brakes can cause the brakes to be weak, to apply unevenly, or to grab. This can cause a lack of braking power, wheel lockups, pulling to one side or the other, and jackknife if you pull a trailer.
Avoid driving through deep puddles or flowing water if possible.If not, you should:
Place transmission in a low gear.
Gently put on the brakes. This presses linings against brake drums or discs and keeps mud, silt, sand, and water from getting in.
Increase engine rpm and cross the water while keeping light pressure on the brakes.
When out of the water, maintain light pressure on the brakes for a short distance to heat them up and dry them out. >
Make a test stop when safe to do so. Check behind to make sure no one is following, then apply the brakes to be sure they work right. If not, dry out further as described above. (CAUTION: Do not apply too much brake pressure and accelerator at the same time or you can overheat brake drums and linings.)