31 car crashes in heavy Joburg rain

2012-02-09 09:33

Johannesburg - There were 31 accidents on Johannesburg roads during wet weather on Thursday morning, the city's metro police said.

Klipvalley Road in Soweto was flooded, said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, who suggested that motorists use alternative routes such as Ncube drive or Chris Hani road.

Other roads were slippery and visibility was reduced.

"Motorists are advised to reduce speed, maintain a safe following distance and keep their headlights switched on," said Minnaar.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-09 09:40

    peoples brains tend to switch off when it rains apparently... its COMMON SENSE to slow down ppl

      MandrewZA - 2012-02-09 10:05

      And if they wont slow down, then we should report them.

      Bob - 2012-02-09 10:24

      Shows the mentality E=MC2, you have 6 thumbs down, frikken morons.Of course you are 100% correct.

      Fredster - 2012-02-09 10:42

      Did you not know that when you buy a Luxury German saloon, you get this amazing ability to see in the rain, and be able to drive faster when it is wet

      Peter - 2012-02-09 10:45

      E=MC2...the human genome has taken a massive fall. I travel through a circle every morning. When there is a power failure, people STILL drive like idiots around it. The movie "Idiocracy', comes to mind. Common sense, isn't as common as one would like

      FlowingRivers - 2012-02-09 10:50

      And i suppose now the ANC and Zuma are going to blamed for this......!

      Martin - 2012-02-09 10:51

      To be honest some people slow down to much.That is where the problem starts

      Anthony - 2012-02-09 11:29

      Exactly Fredster, same goes for some SUV drivers

      Ja - 2012-02-09 14:33

      Do you know what a retard told me once .. He drives faster in the rain because there are no speed traps in the rain .. when I started with him he said relax .. just about everybody does it .. (except me) .. can you believe this ..

  • StarStruck - 2012-02-09 09:42

    Stupidity records are broken daily.

  • procold2 - 2012-02-09 09:44

    tell it to the taxis, on the highway this morning three of them passed me in the wet and i was doing 100, looked like they were racing and yes fully loaded

  • Nosiphom - 2012-02-09 09:47

    Roads are never slippery as such, drivers do not keep sufficient following distance and when the visibility is low they cause accidents. Its drivers not the condition of the roads.

      Alan - 2012-02-09 10:10

      Roads do in fact get slippery from the oil dropped by vehicles. The oil rises to the surface with rain. The first rains of the season are the worst for slippery roads.

      Wendy - 2012-02-09 10:50

      Thing is Nosiphom, when you do keep the following distance, lo and behold, someone will push in .. you eventually end up driving backwards.

      Nosiphom - 2012-02-09 13:20

      I have driven in driven rain, at a reasonable speed consinstent with the visibility and the following distance,and up to now the car(s) have not skedded off the road due to the oad being slippery! A normal road car is designed to drive on a wet road, hence the tyres have thread to cut into the film of water and ensure there is adequate grip. Don;t blame rain for poor driving!

      Nosiphom - 2012-02-09 13:23

      By the way I drove on the very wet skid pan at Zwartkops and the car never skidded off the track due to the wet!

  • MSGRule - 2012-02-09 09:51

    Idiots sees the rain as an oppertunity to be able to overtake others whom are slowing them down with the stupid rain. Taxis and 3 series bmw's are immune to rain, they tend to drive like bigger idiots when it rains.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-09 09:56

      Taxis are immmune to everything; proper tyres, brakes, adhering to the rules of the road; one can go on forever. The carnage on our roads will not stop until an all-out war is declared on taxis.

      Wendy - 2012-02-09 10:51

      4x4 are in that category as well!

      Nosiphom - 2012-02-09 13:22

      The good thing with 4X4's MSGRule is that you do not feel any aquaplaning at all, but of cause keep a following distance in line with the visibility, don't intimidate the other road users in smaller lighter vehicles suffering aquaplaning!

  • Melanie - 2012-02-09 10:01

    just another day in a not so sunny SA.... People really are morons!

  • Bob - 2012-02-09 10:06

    Methinks this is a good indication of the level of incompetence of the modern day SA drivers..!

      Bob - 2012-02-09 10:29

      Worst drivers I have ever come across Bob, totally ignorant, sit in the right hand lane totally oblivious of anything, it's not just taxi's although they are the worst, yes it probably includes YOU that is reading my comment, so go ahead and give me the thumbs down.

      Anthony - 2012-02-09 11:34

      Imagine coming up on someone in the Right hand lane doing 60 on The N1, this after the speed limits had been restored back to 120, and they refuse to move over., Learner Driver sign on the window to boot.

      Bob - 2012-02-09 12:08

      Anthony I have often seen guys in offical learner vehicles, complete with instructor crawling along in the right hand lane, it's basic common sense to drive on the left and overtake on the right, in Aussie it's an automatic 200 dollar fine for obstructing traffic by driving in the right hand lane, no chance of that being implemented here.

  • Ben - 2012-02-09 10:15

    When it rains like this i actually tend to drive faster. Its becomes a challenge dodging in and out of traffic while other people drive slowly and get frustrated!

      Wendy - 2012-02-09 10:52

      Wow Ben, how super intelligent of you!

      Peter - 2012-02-09 10:57

      I agree. Also there is a much smaller chance of the traffic cops being out so you not going to get caught speeding. The slow drivers cause a lot of problems for me...

      Ben - 2012-02-09 10:58

      Wendy, perhaps its because I know how to drive. Whereas people like you drive like old half blind gimps! Slow and indecisive driving is what creates the accidents!

      Brett - 2012-02-09 14:33

      What a dick.

      Syd - 2012-02-11 20:21

      Seems like you're either pulling mickey or your a total ass Ben. If you're serious then you should stay at home when it rains.

  • kazlynn - 2012-02-09 10:22

    Just proof once again that JHB drives think they know it all...ja now you pay.....ha ha ha

  • Pieter - 2012-02-09 10:22

    Commuters using taxi's should be able to report a taxi's driving, speed and roadworthy status to the police, and if the commuters feel threatened or if the driver is speeding or putting their lives or the lives of other motorists in harms way. the Taxi driver and taxi registration should be reported and that vehicle impounded and the driver heavily fined...

      Kusleg - 2012-02-09 16:19

      @ Pieter , you dare do that, you will be shot by these Zulu taxi drivers..

  • Deirdre - 2012-02-09 10:29

    It's not just taxis who do wrong. South African motorists as a whole have an attitude of infallibility! They drive like chops in dry weather and then don't change their attitude to compensate for the wet weather. How many people drive to close to the car in front of them, accelerate when approaching a traffic light, brake late thus stopping over the line that demarcates the intersection or in the boot of the car in front of them, cross the white line with impunity, use single lanes roads like double lanes (Jan Smuts is just one case in point. All South Africans need a driving attitude change - me included!

      Nosiphom - 2012-02-09 15:28

      Amen ! I have begun to change. I slow down instead of accelerate when the light turns amber, wait until the light in front of me turns green, rather than anticipate the change based on the light on the side. I keep a safe following distance, even when others overtake, I let them go and open the gap (and then find them stationary at the next light anyway), I never drive on the bumper of the car in front of me. When I stop behind a car at an intersection, I make sure I can see some tarmac in front of me - i.e. always at least a full car lenght behind ! It is possible

  • Thulie - 2012-02-09 10:39

    yah .. you think you know it all now look what you put yourself back time

  • Martin - 2012-02-09 10:48

    What is it with rain?Why do people suddenly become idiots behind the wheel of a car?

  • Wendy - 2012-02-09 10:48

    Drive more carefully when it rains .. me .. never! I own the road, who cares about others.

      Syd - 2012-02-11 20:23

      You are obviously not stating your own belief there Wendy - you're speaking sarcastically about others- like Ben perhaps?

  • Anthony - 2012-02-09 11:45

    I see a lot of people going on about taxi's. No problem there, I also think that they a are a few levels below dog turd in the gene pool. My argument is about Motorcyclists, aren't they subject to the rules of the road as well, how often do I see them driving on the wrong side of the road,performing deadly overtaking manoeuvres,. We all see the stickers that say "Think Bike" but do they think for themselves

      Anthony - 2012-02-09 11:47

      Of the topic, yes I know, but they are also contributors to quite a road accident, many fatal ones

      Deirdre - 2012-02-09 12:08

      I'm biker Anthony, and I know you are right on many levels, but I also know that cage drivers do indeed need to pay more attention.

      Anthony - 2012-02-09 13:58

      Hi Fafrican, Whenever I see a cyclist or a motorcyclist I either give them a wide enough buffer zone when overtaking them or wait to pass, cyclist deaths and injuries are far too many, same for motorcyclists, I always give them enough space, in fact when I see one coming up behind me, I move over, either left or right, depending which side of me they are so that they can pass, but what do you do when you are driving along, you check your mirrors, all is clear, you indicate and start to change lanes, when out of nowhere someone on a motorbike sees a gap and come zooming through, remember the driver is already committed to the move. There are good courteous drivers out there and then there are the bad inconsiderate ones, same goes for bikers. Chances are Fafrican, depending on what part of the country you live in, if I've come up upon you on the road, I would have given you enough space for both of us to continue safely.

      Irma - 2012-02-09 14:20

      couldn’t agree with your more, Anthony. I live on a busy road and there is NO WAY those bikers (and many others) are sticking to the 60km/ h speed limit. They go up and down that road like bats out of hell, it is scary. All they need to do is slip on sand or oil, hit a pothole, serve to miss something and there you go- a major accident all in the name of going 120km/ h on a residential road. I cannot tell you how many times I have been cut off by a biker- one moment he’ll be on my left and as I’m turning right, all of a sudden he’s in front of me on my right. I have almost hit plenty a biker that’s been going too fast to stop at the robots, cut in front of me from the one side of my car to get to the other, etc. Heck, I’ve even had to hug the pavement because there was a biker on MY side of the road overtaking multiple cars (on a solid line too). They never check their blind spots and their little mirrors can’t reveal all. Of course, there are a lot of cars on the road with the same bad driving habit, I’ve just been in too many close calls with bikers to think about them- I’m thinking about myself. That being said, I do always move as far left/ right for them for when they do come from in between traffic.

      Deirdre - 2012-02-13 16:48

      Thanks Anthony & Irma, from the bottom of my biker's heart! I too do take care on the bike to be aware of otehr roadusers, cars, walkers, cyclists, dogs ...

  • Lemogang Elvis Pietersen - 2012-02-09 12:12

    Bad driving+bad weather causes accidents so let's drive carefully when its is too short!

  • Lemogang Elvis Pietersen - 2012-02-09 12:12

    Bad driving+bad weather causes accidents so let's drive carefully when its is too short so make the right choose!

  • Yolanda - 2012-02-09 12:31

    this is what i call negligent driving.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-09 14:03

    Many drivers forget that when driving, the part of your tyre that makes contact with the road is about the size of your hand. Now imagine trying to keep control while crawling around on your hands and knees at over 120km/H, now imagine doing it on a wet slippery floor.

      StarStruck - 2012-02-09 15:34

      Cars with stability control are anyone’s safest bet on wet roads. For those that need explaining please see next line. Cars with stability control = you suddenly swerve out for a "pedestrian" your car will basically take over from this point on by correcting power, braking and suspension to prevent you from losing control or ever roll over. Cars without stability control = You suddenly swerve out for a "pedestrian" the sudden change in direction and speed will see your car sideways, hitting a ditch and rolling probably killing everyone in the car. It is just a shame that we have to pay like half a million to own this lifesaving technology. Life's a b@tch.

  • Ishmael - 2012-02-09 14:10

    When it is raining most people who use public transport uses their own cars. Most of them with little or no experience of driving during rainy rush hours.

  • arlene.hanns - 2012-02-09 14:52

    Slow down and get off the damn cell phones!...I had to avoid 3 dumb women in one morning, who were driving in the rain,peak hour, on the phone.Is there someone out there who can invent a car that scrambles cell phones while it is in motion?please,please,please.Not to mention the ones who put on make-up during normal traffic and even more so when it's raining.For goodness sake..use the mirror at home.We all know Joburg traffic's bad and even worse when it's raining.Think of other people on the road as well,please

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