How to stay safe driving through protest action or crazy weather
We are proudly South African, we love our country and we love how much space we have. There are many diverse areas and countless roads to explore. South Africa has unique driving experiences resulting from natural events and political issues that result in challenging conditions. We have some of the worst traffic in the world and certainly Africa. In TomTom’s most recent traffic report all of South Africa’s major cities appeared on the list, the only other non-South African entrant was Cairo in first place, followed by Cape Town.
The cause of our traffic congestion nationally stems from multiple sources including but not limited too loadshedding, service-delivery protests, road works, faulty traffic lights, and many accidents. Add in natural weather events and we do have unique, and sometimes challenging, driving conditions from torrential summer rainfall in the Highveld to bush fires in the arid Western Cape. MasterDrive’s Eugene Herbert has some advice on how to drive safely in these unique circumstances.
It can be scary driving through protest action. It is essential that the driver stay calm, a stressed driver makes bad decisions that can make the situation worse. If you know of protest action taking place on your route home consider taking an alternative route, even if it’s longer or congested. If you have no alternative route the key when driving through this is to be prepared and thinking ahead, these tips from Masterdrive will help you:
The summer rainfall areas in South Africa can pose a driving challenge, potholes appear where they weren’t a day before, roads become flooded and slippery leading to accidents. Follow these tips from MasterDrive when driving in wet weather to make your commute easier:
The dry summer areas experience an unprecedented number of veldfires from November – March. Along with trying to contain the extent of damage and limit the spread of the flames, the smoke from these fires often causes road closures adding to traffic woes. MasterDrive has these helpful tips when driving through smoke from a veldfire: