On Saturday, 11 November at about 11am, a QRS ambulance was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in Krugersdorp.
Upon arrival, they found that two vehicles had collided at the intersection of Viljoen and 4th Streets. Both occupants sustained moderate injuries and needed to be extricated from the vehicles. With the help of the local Community Police Forum and other emergency service providers, both patients were stabilised and treated on scene before being transported to nearby facilities to rule out any life-threatening injuries.
QRS was also dispatched to another motor vehicle accident, close to the Total Garage on Robert Broom Drive in Hobby Park, Krugersdorp. They arrived on scene with other medical service providers and the local Community Police Forum. Two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision after one driver had allegedly lost control due to the wet road surface. A total of four occupants sustained injuries ranging from moderate to serious.
Arrive Alive provided the following tips on how to drive on wet roads:
Safe driving techniques in heavy rain:
• Increase the three-second following rule to 5-6 seconds to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
• If it is raining and the roads are wet, slow down. Take your foot off the accelerator and let your speed drop gradually.
• Never use the brakes suddenly because this may cause the car to skid.
• If you find that an oncoming vehicle is overtaking from the opposite direction and will not be likely to do it safely, slow down and be prepared to move to the left shoulder if necessary.
• Only move towards the shoulder if you are able to see clearly 150m ahead of you. Keep in mind that pedestrians may be walking on the shoulder to avoid the mud next to the surface of the road.
• Beware of oil patches. Don’t panic. Do not jam on your brakes, just steer through. In most cases, the patches will be small.
• Always change to a lower gear before you take a bend, especially a sharp bend. Your speed should be at its slowest as you enter the bend and both your hands should be on the steering wheel. This slow in/ fast out technique gives you most control when driving around a bend.
• Turn on your headlights.
• Be careful of other vehicles to the rear and in blind spot areas as they are especially difficult to see through rain-spattered windows.
• Use your low-beam headlights to see and be seen. Wait a short time after the rain begins before using your windshield wipers because the blades may smear.
• Be extra careful during the first half hour after rain begins. Grime and oil on the road surface will mix with water and make the road slippery.
For more tips on driving, visit https://www.arrivealive.co.za/Driving-in-Heavy-Rain
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