Days are getting shorter and as night time creeps in, the roads are getting more and more unpredictable. Luckily, we’re in a time where technology is allowing us to drive the safest cars to date, minimising the chances of accidents. Unfortunately, accidents still happen due to unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions and human error. To keep you as safe as possible on the road, we’ve compiled a list of five winter driving tips to help you get to where you’re going without any bumps in the road.
Drive Safe Tip One: Watch the weather
If you are planning to drive long distances, it’s easy to forget that you should check the weather of the towns you are going to be driving through, especially later during the day. Plan the times and route you are going to take as best you can to avoid rainstorms, rough winds or mist.
Drive Safe Tip Two: A safe distance
Be sure to keep an eye on the other cars on the road, especially those in front you. Driving in bad weather conditions can be unpredictable. Keep a farther distance between your own car and the car in front of you. Four-second cushions between cars is a generally safe distance, giving you enough time to move out of harm’s way safely.
Drive Safe Tip Three: Slow it down
When road conditions are rough, it’s advised to drive much slower than you would if you were driving in normal conditions. Although you might feel like a confident driver on the route you’re on, remember to drive at a speed that will give you enough time to react if something unexpected happens.
Drive Safe Tip four: Keep both hands on the wheel
Yes, this might seem like a no-brainer, but winter time in South Africa is notorious for its harsh rain and sharp winds which can cause you to swerve if you aren’t extra cautious.
Drive Safe Tip Five: If things look bad, get off the road.
If you are feeling anxious about the weather, there is no need to push your luck. Use your judgment and reassess the situation, deciding whether or not it’s best to get off the road or to continue driving.
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