Hey, Cape Town, listen up. Apparently the mother of all storms is going to be hitting your hipster city sometime tonight. Heavy winds are on the menu. Big rain is expected. Local weather experts are predicting the kind of flooding that sent old Noah rushing into his shed to build an ark. Yep, shit is about to get real – especially out on the roads. Which is why you best all familiarize yourself with these 13 indispensable wet weather driving tips. You’re welcome.
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 and conform to mimimum tread requirements.
5: Don’t speed and maintain a safe following distance. Extend your following distance in the event of heavy rain.
6: Buckle up (this applies to dry weather driving too. Duh).
7: Don’t cross low-lying bridges. Even if you think your car can make it you probably won’t. Don’t be a hero.
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 – you’re not one of those storm chaser from the movie ‘Twister.’
10: Adjust your speed for the condition of the road. Just because a road is marked at 120km/h doesn’t mean it is safe to travel at this speed in all conditions. Use your common sense.
11: Concentrate on the road – not on your passenger or the radio or the Tinder match that’s just come up on your iPhone.
12: If you are going to an area known to have bad weather, and there is a possibility you may to 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 or make sure you have a charger in the car. – Thomas Falkiner & AASA