Heavy rain and flooding may follow Dineo: tips for staying safe

If this does occur it is important to exercise special caution if you are forced to be on the roads.

While it is preferable not to get into your car in very heavy rains, if you must go somewhere remember to avoid low-lying areas, especially those which are well-know for flooding.

Within Springs these areas include the subway bridges on Fifth Avenue, CDB and Fourth Avenue in Geduld.

Ermelo and Welgedacht roads are other tricky customers prone to flooding.

Read: CAUTION: More flooding on Ermelo Road (video)

Netcare911 offers these suggestions when driving:

• Make sure your windshield wipers are in a good condition.

• Turn on your headlights.

• When driving in wet weather conditions, remember to slow down (reduce speed).

• Maintain a safe following distance between vehicles.

• Do not overtake.

• Do not drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

• Avoid using your phone while your car is in motion.

• Most importantly, buckle up.

• Ensure that children and babies are secured in a car child seat.

• Do not drive on roads that you are unfamiliar with.

Read: Deaths reported in flash floods – tips to follow when caught in a flood

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