Cape Town - Residents and road users in northern parts of South Africa have been warned about tropical storm Dineo affecting the country.
Traveller24 warns that South Africans should be on high alert as the threat of the cyclone could cause serious damage to property and vehicles. The storm could have disastrous effects on our roads.
The Department of Cooperative Governance said: "The Tropical Storms will lead to flooding that might cut off many communities, displace others, lead to loss of life, destruction of infrastructure and property. South Africa will not be immune or spared from the wrath of this cyclone."
The South African Weather Service said the country could experience severe storms and heavy rains starting from Thursday, February 16, until Sunday February 19. "The provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the extreme northern parts of KZN to be more affected leaving behind disastrous conditions," according to the SA Weather Service.
13 tips for driving in the rain:
- Always turn on your vehicle’s headlights in wet weather.
- In heavy rain use the brighter (rear fog lights) setting for your car’s tail lights.
- Make sure your wiper blades are in good condition and do a clean sweep.
- Do not allow the inside of your car's windows to mist up. Switch on front and rear screen demisters and your aircon - yes, an aircon dries the air and removes mist almost instantly.
- Check your tyre tread: the legal minimum is 1mm but for safety's sake make sure it's treble that.
- Worn shock-absorbers don't keep the rubber hard down on the road; no road contact = no ABS, no grip and very little braking.
- Cloudy and rain = poor visibility. Take extra care when overtaking - and remember not all drivers coming towards you will have their headlights on.
- Adjust speed and following distance; at least six seconds to the car ahead. Ensure you can stop within the visible area ahead.
- Avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and steering which can result in a skid.
- Don't drive through deep water. It could damage your car and possibly cost you your life.
- If you have no option but to drive through such water, then drive slowly in a low gear, holding the steering wheel steady.
- After driving in heavy rain allow your brakes to dry - especially if your vehicle has drum brakes.
- If you experience car/bike trouble turn on your hazard lights and try to move completely off the road. If possible, ensure that you have a reflective warning triangle to erect some distance behind your vehicle.