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Tips for motorists when faced with flooding

Thursday, 24 November 2016

With the recent flash floods in Gauteng, many motorists were left in a panic – and with lots of questions.

“How will I get home from work?” or “How will my kids get to school?” While these are worrying issues, you have to put your safety first.

“On days when the weather is heavy, motorists should listen to local radio traffic reports, monitor social media, and check online websites for advisories and cautions. If roads on your normal route are flooded, avoid them and seek alternatives, even if it means you will take a lot longer to get to your destination,” the AA advised.

  • Don’t ever attempt to drive through a flooded area, even if you think your car can make it through. Rather turn around if you see flooding ahead.
  • If the flooding is visibly shallow, drive VERY slowly with both hands on your steering wheel.
  • Switch on your headlights.
  • Be especially cautious at night.

If your vehicle gets caught in flood waters:

  • Unbuckle your seatbelt immediately, and also those of the passengers.
  • Do not worry about any personal belongings – your safety comes first.
  • Try to open the doors. If they do not open, try the windows. If you are unsuccessful, use a strong, sharp object to break your windscreen. Your headrest is a good tool to use.
  • If you are stranded on something above the floodwater‚ such as a tree or building‚ stay put and wait for rescue.
  • Never, ever enter the flood water.


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