The Western Cape Government has offered safety tips to motorists to encourage safer driving this winter.

When planning journeys over short or long distances during winter, motorists are particularly encouraged to check the condition of wiper blades, tyres, lights and the weather conditions before taking to the road.

“Tailgating, speeding and high beams are not only problematic in general, these driver behaviours present unique challenges in dark, wet and misty weather conditions on Western Cape roads,” said Muneera Allie, Western Cape Mobility Department’s Head of Communication.

“Winter driving can be unpredictable and demanding, requiring drivers to be extra vigilant and prepared for various challenges such as flooding and poor visibility.”

The following tips have been offered to motorists:

  • Check your wiper blades to ensure the windscreen can be cleaned effectively.
  • Check your tyres to ensure they have adequate tread for better traction on the road.
  • Check that your headlights, brake lights, and indicators are functioning properly.
  • Check that defrosters and heating equipment is in good working order.
  • Increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Turn on your headlights to see and be seen in dark weather conditions. Avoid using high beams as they reflect off wet and foggy conditions and can temporarily blind other drivers.
  • Slow down when it rains.
  • Avoid sudden braking as this may cause your car to skid.
  • Avoid driving through deep puddles or flowing water if possible.
  • Be aware of other vehicles in the rear and blind spot areas, as it can be difficult to see through wet side windows and side mirrors.