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Jozi deluge: Protect your rims

2014-03-07 06:00
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SA’S POTHOLE PITFALLS: Potholes can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Our tips will help you avoid them and limit the damage if you’re unfortunate enough to hit one (or several) on our roads. Image: Shutterstock

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Video: Driving in floods 101

2014-01-09 15:14

Heavy summer rains caused massive flooding in Laingsburg but what should you do if you're caught in a flood. A video shares helpful advice and tips if you're caught in flood while behind the wheel.

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - Rain continues to pour down on Gauteng and other inland areas, creating treacherous travelling conditions.

A woman died and four other people were rescued after their cars were swept away in flooding near a shopping mall in the North West suburb of Brits (Mar 5).

AVOID RIM DAMAGE

On (Mar 5) Wheels24 published a flood survival guide - now some expects share advice on potholes and the damage they can do to your rims.

CEO of alloy rim repair specialists Wheel Collision, Craig Courtney-Leaver, said: "If the tyre is deflated this is an obvious sign the rim is damaged. If everything looks fine on the surface there are however other tell tale signs to check.

"If one feels a vibration in the steering wheel, the chances are one of the front rims are damaged and if one feels the vibration on the seat, then it's is usually a rear rim."

CONSIDER REPAIRS FIRST

Chairman of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), Les McMaster, said: "Should you suspect that you may have sustained damage to your rims but are unsure, feel free to call on an accredited MIWA shop for an evaluation. Most importantly, in the event of damage, remember to consider your repair options first, ahead of buying new rims."

McMaster provides some useful tips on how to avoid roadside pitfalls:

• Be extra cautious when there is water on the road as a pothole may be lurking beneath. If at all possible and if not endangering other road users, rather drive around the puddle.
If you do drive over a pothole do not slam on your brakes as this could compound the damage to your vehicle or cause a crash.
• Hold the steering wheel firmly when driving over a pothole to avoid losing control.
• When driving at night, ensure your headlights are clean as dips and potholes are harder to sport in the dark
• Do not swerve if you hit a pothole as this could endanger other drivers.
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