The weather is bad so drive with caution

Cape Town is experiencing bad weather thanks to an intense cut-off low pressure system that started in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and is expected to last until Thursday.

When the weather is this bad live goes on as usual. People still need to get to work, children to school and we end up having bumper to bumper traffic on the roads.

How can motorists keep safe in these bad weather conditions?

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson speaks to Layton Beard, Spokesperson for the Automobile Association (AA) about precautions when driving in the rain.

Beard says that the speed limit signs on the road are only an indication of the speed you can drive in very good conditions. Motorists need to drive according to the condition of the road at all times.

  • Make sure your car is ready for the wet weather

  • Make sure lights are on

  • Inspect windshield wipers. Replace any that have cracked rubber

  • Avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and steering which can result in a skid

  • Worn out tyres are a real danger

  • Maintain a safe following distance

If you were to brake in wet weather it will obviously take you a lot longer to stop than it would in good conditions.

Layton Beard, Spokesperson for The Automobile Association (AA)

Listen to the full conversation below:

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