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2018-03-09 08:15

Sean Parker

Image: Twitter / Deon van Wyk

Johannesburg - An unidentified Suzuki Swift driver lost control of their car and crashed into an armco barrier in Johannesburg on Thursday morning. 

The incident was filmed by Deon van Wyk, via dash-cam, after the Swift driver passed him on the right-hand side along Athole Avenue in Craighall. Van Wyk posted the footage on Twitter. 

Van Wyk said he was on his way to work when the driver overtook him on the right hand side. The Johannesburg resident admitted the road is one-way but it is also a solid white line. 

Van Wyk told Wheels24: "As he went around the bend he tried to speed up and lost control. The proof is what happens in that situation on a wet road. Be safe out there. Unfortunately I couldn't stop, as there were cars behind me and it would've caused a bigger accident if I slammed on my brakes."

Watch the clip below: 

12 tips for driving in the rain

How can an incident like this be avoided? We asked Arrive Alive's Johan Jonck for tips on how to drive safely in the rain

1. Increase the three- second rule to 5-6 seconds to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.

2. If it is raining and the roads are wet, slow down. Take your foot off the accelerator and let your speed drop gradually.

3. Never use the brakes suddenly because this may cause the car to skid.

4. If you find that an oncoming vehicle is overtaking from the opposite direction and will not be likely to do it safely, slow down and be prepared to move to the left shoulder if necessary.

5.Only move towards the shoulder if you are able to see clearly 150m ahead of you. Keep in mind that pedestrians may be walking on the shoulder to acoid the mud next to the surface of the road.
6.Beware of oil patches. Don't panic. Do not jam on your brakes, just steer through. In most cases, the patches will be small.

7.Always change to a lower gear before you take a bend, especially a sharp bend. Your speed should be at its slowest as you enter the bend and both your hands should be on the steering wheel. This slow in/fast out technique gives you most control when driving around a bend.
8.Increase your space cushion by doubling your normal following distance from 3 seconds to 6 seconds.

9.Turn on your headlights.

10.Be careful of other vehicles to the rear and in blind spot areas as they are especially difficult to see through rain-spattered windows.

11. Use your low-beam headlights to see and be seen. Wait a short time after the rain begins before using your windshield wipers because the blades may smear.

12. Be extra careful during the first half hour after rain begins. Grime and oil on the road surface mix with water to make the road slippery.

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