Make sure you are safe in wet weather

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Disaster management and rescue teams worked over-time last weekend, as numerous accidents and disasters occurred.

Netcare 911 is urging members of the public to be extra careful while driving in the wet weather conditions that are being experienced in many parts of the country.

“Just yesterday (Sunday, 8 January) , we responded to numerous accidents across the country, including an accident that claimed the lives of 16 people,” a statement from Netcare 911 read.

Rainy conditions are usually associated with poor visibility. Here are a few tips to make sure you are safe on the roads:

• Make sure your car’s windscreenwipers are in a good condition

• Ensure that your tyres are in a good condition

• Make sure all your lights are in working condition

• Turn on your headlights

• Reduce your speed

• Maintain a safe following distance between vehicles

• Do not drive under the influence of alcohol

• Avoid using your phone while driving

• Most importantly, buckle up!

• Do not drive on roads that you are unfamiliar with

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