Drivers in the Western Cape are being asked to exercise caution as the wet and more dangerous road conditions of winter settle in.

The Department of Transport and Public Works says shorter, darker days, fog and rain during the rainy season hamper visibility and increase the risk of a crash.

“Safely Home data show that fatalities tend to peak in the hours around sunset when visibility is at its worst,” said the organisation in a statement.

“With Alert Level 3 currently in place, we are seeing more people returning to work which means more people on the roads early in the morning, late in the afternoon, and early in the evening.”

The organisation is calling on drivers to make sure their vehicles are roadworthy, especially tyres and lights, and to travel more slowly when visibility is poor and the roads are wet.