Johannesburg emergency services advised Gauteng residents on Tuesday to report any flash flooding to a dedicated task team, following a warning of possible flooding.
Authorities emphasized that any rainfall lasting between an hour and six hours raised the potential for flash floods and both motorists and pedestrians needed to be alert to avoid incidents.
On the Car Insurance Blog we would like to alert our visitors to the dangers of increased accident risk. We would like to urge all motorists to view the following section of content from the Arrive Alive website:
General Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain:
* Use the two- second rule to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you.
* If it is raining and the roads are wet, slow down. Take your foot off the accelerator and let your speed drop gradually. Never use the brakes suddenly because this may cause the car to skid.
* 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.
* Beware of oil patches. Don’t panic. Do not jam on your brakes, just steer through. In most cases, the patches will be small.
* 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.
* Increase your space cushion by doubling your normal following distance from two seconds to four seconds.
* Turn on your headlights.
* Be careful of other vehicles to the rear and in blind spot areas as they are especially difficult to see through rain-spattered windows.
* 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.
* 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.
[Johannesburg residents have been invited to call the dedicated line on 011-375-6009 or 10177 as an alternative.]