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DRIVING IN WET WEATHER

DRIVING IN WET WEATHER

  • Switch on your vehicle’s headlights.
  • Avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and steering movement. Sudden stops and turns may cause skidding.
  • Allow extra distance for braking. Your car needs more distance to stop on wet roads.
  • Increase your following distance. Allow at least 4 to 8 seconds between your car and the car in front of you.
  • Cloudy and rainy weather reduces visibility so take extra care when passing other vehicles.
  • Do not drive through flooded areas unless you are sure that the water is below the bottom of the wheel rims. If you have any doubt don’t drive through the pool of water rather find an alternate route.
  • If you must drive through high water, drive slowly in a low gear, holding the steering wheel steady.
  • After driving in heavy rain for some time without applying the brakes or if you drive through standing water, lightly apply the brakes to dry them.
  • If you have car trouble, turn on your hazard lights and pull completely off the road.
  • Carry a cellular telephone to summon help.

Information Provided By THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

Lori Voss

loriv@n3gateway.com

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