Thunder storms, hail, heavy rain and flooding are all part of the seasonal weather patterns in the summer rainfall areas of South Africa. But sudden and severe weather events present increased dangers and risks to motorists and pedestrians alike.
As a road user, the key is to take precautions and be prepared.
- If at all possible, avoid areas prone to flooding – particularly in periods of heavy downpours
- Monitor the local radio stations in your area for weather and traffic updates and plan your route accordingly
Driving through a downpour
- Reduce your driving speed in rainy conditions and increase your following distance from the vehicle in front of you. Be alert and be aware of the road conditions in front of you
- Make sure your headlights are switched on (Do not put these on the bright setting)
- Be alert and be aware of the vehicles around you – particularly in times of poor visibility
- Obey the rules of the road, especially any temporary signage or hazard warnings around flooding
Should you find yourself in deep water
- Stay calm and stay alert - do not panic
- Avoid driving through sections of water where you are unable to see the road, this is both risky and dangerous
- Do not drive around or through barricades – they have been put there for your safety
- Should your vehicle be trapped by rising water, stop your vehicle then get out of your vehicle and move to safer or higher ground. Your safety and the safety of your passengers is more important than your vehicle
- Once you are at a place of safety, you can contact your family or you can contact our 24/7 SOS and claims line on 0860 505 911