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Road safety tips for wet spring weather

As the temperatures rise in Spring, there is a greater likelihood of extreme weather including heavy rains and flash floods. Driving in these conditions can increase the risk of accidents, so here are a few tips to ensure optimal road safety and avoid vehicle accidents.

  • Listen out for weather reports and try to avoid wet weather because keeping your vehicle off the road during the worst weather is the safest option. The period after it rains is particularly hazardous for road safety because the oils on the tarmac make the road slippery.
  • Don’t get distracted, and turn off your phone and radio to ensure that you focus all your attention on driving.
  • Be aware of the wind which can become a serious hazard especially in open spaces, on overpasses and in tunnels. Monitor larger vehicles that might veer out of their lanes and keep both hands on the steering wheel for more control.
  • Reduce your speed to give you more time to react if anything goes wrong. Similarly, adding an extra few seconds to your following time will make it safer to drive in the rain.
  • Turn on your headlights to make your vehicle more visible to other drivers. Drivers have to contend with poor visibility in wet weather, so make sure your headlights are on.
  • Beware of hydroplaning which occurs in rainy weather when a vehicle’s tyres sometimes do not grip the road surface but sit on a layer of water on the surface. Hydroplaning can make steering and braking harder and increases the risk of drivers losing control of their vehicles.

What to do if you are caught in a flash flood

This kind of extreme weather is unusual in South Africa. Many drivers are caught off guard in a flash flood, which can suddenly appear with enough force to sweep their cars off the road.

  1. If you encounter any water crossing the road, it’s best to turn around. What seems like a small amount of water can have a deceptive amount of depth and a force that can sweep your car away.
  1. If your car has already been immersed in water and is stalled or moving in the wrong direction, get out as quickly as possible and move to higher ground. You can easily be swept away by a strong current if you are on foot so it’s important to act quickly.
  1. If you do get swept up by the current, try to grab what you can to pull yourself out. Don’t enter the flood water, rather wait for help to arrive.
  1. Leave your vehicle as quickly as possible because it’s very dangerous to be swept away. If you are stuck inside a vehicle, roll down your windows to allow water to enter. Exit through the window or wait for the water pressure to equalise on both sides of the door so you can open it.

At Avis Fleet we offer our customers total peace of mind that if something does go wrong (for example the weather), we’ll be there to help you every step of the way. Our comprehensive fleet management solutions take the sting out of dealing with the unexpected. Take a look at our Accident Management solution.

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