TIPS: Safety tips for driving in the rain

TIPS: Safety tips for driving in the rain

A level 5 warning of possible disruptive downpours has been issued by the South African Weather Service for the eastern parts of KZN.

Driving in the rain
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The rainy weather is also set to continue over the northern parts of the province on Saturday, 11 February 2023.

We know that being on the roads at such a time can be a scary experience. 

Read more: Another level 2 and 5 weather alert issued for KZN

Here are some important tips on how to travel safely:

  • Increase your safe following distance by an extra 5 – 6 seconds.
  • Reduce your speed. This will help you navigate large water puddles and potential hidden debris on flooded roadways. 
  • Make sure that your headlights are switched on. 
  • Take note of trees, power lines, and street poles whilst driving. 
  • Be cautious of any pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, and animals whilst driving in such harsh weather conditions.
  • If you can, delay your trip until the heavy rainfall subsides.
  • Buckle up!
  • Drive only when you need to. Otherwise, please stay at home.

Sources and information from the South African Weather Services and Arrive Alive.

See more: Get the latest traffic updates courtesy of ECR Traffic

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