Rustenburg – In the past several weeks Rustenburg has been fortunate enough to have wonderful rain, but along with rain comes hazardous road conditions. Here are a few tips from the team at Trauma Rescue to help keep you, and those who share the road, safe!
The first rain is the most dangerous! During a dry period, engine oil and grease build up on the road over time. When mixed with water from a new rainfall, the road becomes extremely slick.
Prepare: Be sure that your vehicles wipers and headlights are always in a good and maintained state.
Lights on: It helps you see the road, and more importantly, it helps other motorists see you.
Look out: Watch out for pedestrians and other road users who may be rushing to avoid rain.
Drive Around: If you see a large puddle up ahead, drive around it or choose a different route if possible.
Slow Down: Give a truck or bus extra following distance. Their extra-large tires can create enough spray to block your vision completely. Avoid passing, but if you must pass, be extra vigilant.
Brake: Brake earlier and with less force than you would normally. Not only does this increase the stopping distance between you and the car in front of you, it also lets the driver behind you know that you’re slowing down.
Stop: If it’s raining so hard that you can’t see the road or the car in front of you, pull over and wait it out.
Think: Keep in mind that you share the road with less experienced drivers, so be extra conscience of other drivers following traffic laws.
Save: Remember to save the contact number of Trauma Rescue on your cell phone under Ambulance 0861 789 911.