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2017-06-07 07:36

Automobile Association

CAPE STORM:A huge cold front is affecting the Western Cape causing heavy rain, road closures and dangerous driving conditions. Here are 13 wet-weather driving tips. Image: iStock

Cape Town - A cold front has reached South Africa late on Tuesday (June 6) evening, with strong winds and heavy rain lashing the country.

Adverse weather conditions are affecting parts of the Western Cape causing heavy rain, road closures and dangerous road conditions.

The City of Cape Town assures residents that the Disaster Risk Management is on "high alert" and prepared to help whoever may be affected by the storm should a need arises. 

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The bad weather affecting many parts of South Africa will require extra vigilance from motorists, and a renewed commitment from all drivers to obey the rules of the road, the Automobile Association (AA) said.

The organisation lists safe driving tips for motorists.

13 top for driving in wet conditions: List by the AA

1 Ensure your headlights and brake lights are working

2 Switch on your headlights, especially when natural light is low. Remember this also alerts other drivers to your presence on the road

3 Ensure your windscreen and wipers are in good condition

4 Check that your tyres are in good shape

5 Don’t speed, and maintain a safe following distance

6 Buckle up

7 Don’t cross low-lying bridges, even if you think your car can make it

8 Slow down before entering standing water on the road as this may cause the car to “pull” to the side without warning, and it may be deeper than it looks

9 Avoid areas where there are known to be adverse conditions

10 Adjust your speed for the condition of the road. Just because a road is marked at 120km, doesn’t mean it is safe to travel at this speed in all conditions

11 Concentrate on the road, not on anything else such as electronic devices

12 If you are going to an area known to have bad weather, and there is a possibility you may be stuck for extended periods, remember to take extra blankets, appropriate clothing and refreshments, and ensure your tank has enough fuel for the journey

13 Keep your cellphone charged in case of an emergency.


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