November 29, 2020
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Winter is here! Staying safe on the roads

As we start to experience the cooler temperatures of winter, this can also create challenges for drivers

As we start to experience the cooler temperatures of winter, this can also create challenges for drivers – like frost on the roads in the mornings, more mist and driving with sunlight in your eyes.

There are ways to combat these challenges by simply making a few changes to your driving. Managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, provides some tips.

Sunrise and sunset

  • While MasterDrive recommends always driving with your headlights on, if you do not already do so, switch them on as soon as you leave.
  • Avoid the glare by taking a different route or changing the time that you leave, if possible.
  • Raising your seat can also assist with reducing the glare.
  • Ensure your windscreen is clean inside and out, as the glare can severely reduce visibility when it’s dirty.
  • Polarised sunglasses help when driving in the glare.
  • Lower your visor well ahead of time so that you are not suddenly blinded.
  • Slow down. Always change your driving speed to suit the conditions and not only the speed limit.

Frost and ice

  • Before winter is in its full throes, top up your anti-freeze and check that your tyres are properly inflated throughout the season.
  • Increase your following distances.
  • Brake more cautiously.
  • Go around corners more slowly.
  • Do not use cruise control when the roads are slippery.
  • In parts of South Africa where roads can become icy, drive with extra caution especially; in places where this is prone, such as under bridges.
  • If you do lose control do not panic, but slow down gradually.
  • Steer in the direction of the skid.

Mist

  • Adjust your driving in the same way that you would when driving during misty conditions
  • Avoid areas that are prone to mist.
  • Do not switch your lights onto bright as it will reflect off the mist and reduce your visibility even more.
  • Rather use fog lights or low beams.
  • Avoid using your emergency lights when you are still moving. Someone may think that you are stationary when you are not.
  • Avoid sudden lane changes or erratic driving that another driver may not be able to react quick enough to.
  • Do not pull over unless you can get well off the road and then switch on your emergency lights.
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