A News24 article reports that some of the main routes in the Western Cape have been closed on account of the weather.
The Huguenot Tunnel near Worcester in the Western Cape is among the routes that were closed after four trucks over turned in the area. This was as a result of the forceful winds the Mother City has been experiencing this week.
This is what Cape Town social media said:
We looked into some basic road safety tips that may come in handy for motorists who have no choice but to drive in windy conditions:
1. Keep both hands on your steering wheel
This will help you to keep control of the vehicle should you be hit by a sudden forceful gust.
2. Drive at a slow speed
Driving slowly gives you more control and time to respond should you come into contact with a forceful gust of wind. Be aware that the wind will blow various objects, from branches to dirt and stones, into the road so driving slower means you will spot foreign objects earlier. You might also be preventing serious damage to your car if you drive more slowly over the objects. Also note that pedestrians may be blown your way if they cannot anchor themselves in the wind.
3. Keep a safe following distance from other vehicles
Because strong winds can blow vehicles off course and into your path, you need to drive cautiously and in such a way that you leave room to hit brakes should another car or object be blown into your lane. Also take caution when when overtaking trucks as driving past them can result in unforeseen gusts from the side as you pass the high-sided vehicle.
It is also important to remember to be particularly careful around bicycles and motorcycles.
4. Make sure your cellphone battery is fully charged
Because emergencies are more likely when the weather is bad, it is advisable to keep a fully charged cellphone in order to call for road side assistance or to report any mishaps.
5. Take caution when parking
To avoid damage to your car, try not to park under trees, near buildings, bridges and construction sites.
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Sources: The AA; Health24