Motorists urged to be cautious on wet roads

2017-02-22 06:03

MOTORISTS have been urged to take practical precautionary measures on the roads ahead of the predicted continuous rainfall this week.

With more than 12 accident scenes attended to by ER24 around Pietermaritzburg on Monday, the emergency services said the rain may have been the cause of many of the accidents.

Andrew Rogers of ER24 said most of the accidents were not serious and patients involved in those accidents escaped with minor injuries, while others sustained serious but not critical injuries.

“With more rainfall still expected in the next couple of days, we urge motorists to be extra vigilant on the road,” he said.

Rogers said motorists can contribute to safer roads by following “driving guidelines 101”.

“Keeping a reasonable following distance and keeping headlights on will help motorists avoid accidents.

“Leaving home early can help you not rush or speed. If late already, keep calm and stick to the road rules. Rather be late for an appointment than cause an accident,” said Rogers.

Rogers said more accidents occur with rain in the afternoon.

Here are a few basic tips offered by the Automobile Association of South Africa.

• Keep calm while driving. Driving on a highway can be stressful but it is vital that you remain as calm as possible during your journey.

• Know the rules of the road. Rules are there to protect everyone, and it’s important that we all obey them. Understand the markings on the road, and when you can, or cannot, change lanes. Also always indicate your intentions by using your indicators, that’s what they are there for.

• Put away all electronic devices. Do not be distracted by cellphones or any other electronic devices.

• Always wear your seat belt.

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