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Don't chase the storm!

Published on: 10 November 2016

With the current extreme weather conditions and flooding situations recently experienced in Gauteng, we all need to take extra care to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

These tips can help prevent you from getting into a sticky situation:

  • Avoid being on the roads during heavy, stormy weather. And if you’re already en route, try and get to higher ground! Be sure to do the same if you are parked in a basement, provided it is safe to do so.
  • Do not allow your car to mist up. Switch your demisters on to clear up your windscreen for visibility.
  • Keep your head- and hazard lights on at all times for better visibility. Check that your tyres are not worn and make sure that your spare tyre is safe for use, too. Be sure to check that your brakes and brake lights are in working condition as well.
  • Look out for pedestrians and other road users. Motorists are not the only ones on the road.
  • Increase the driving distance between you and other motorists for added safety. This way, you can stop in time.
  • Don’t slam on your brakes, stop gradually by taking your foot off of the accelerator to avoid skidding.
  • Don’t drive through deep waters or attempt to cross a stretch of water - it may be deeper than it appears and thus cause damage to your car. Some roads may be closed off to motorists - they are closed for a reason.
  • Only move forward if you can clearly see what is ahead of you.

Get cash rewards by taking car insurance onlineRemain alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Should you get stuck or experience problems, switch on your hazard lights and signal or call for help immediately.

Remember that MiWay’s 24/7 emergency assistance team, MiHelp, is standing by! * Give them a call on 08600 767 64.

For added precaution, stay informed through radio, television and reliable social media pages. There will be frequent updates on changing weather conditions to warn drivers against dangerous situations.

* Ts&Cs apply.

Sources:
- https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Driving-in-Heavy-Rain
- https://arrivealive.co.za/Road-Safety-and-Flood-Risks-for-Drivers-and-Pedestrians
- http://m.wheels24.co.za/wheels24/News/Guides_and_Lists/caught-in-heavy-jozi-rain-heres-what-motorists-should-do-20161109