Hail, thundershowers and poor visibility warnings for this afternoon

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Multiple messages from various insurance companies are doing the rounds, warning their clients of extreme weather conditions predicted for this afternoon, 29 November.

Absa sent out alerts to its clients saying there might be poor visibility and even flooding due to the rain in the Krugersdorp area.

Another alert said that there might be small hail in Randfontein this afternoon.

Also read: Stay safe on rainy days

However, Weather SA said there are possibilities of thundershowers throughout the West Rand due to a weather system moving South to North over Sasolburg this afternoon.

They predict a 60 per cent chance of thundershowers in Gauteng this afternoon.

Road users are urged to avoid low-lying areas such as the road under the railway bridge where Chamdor Road meets Voortrekker Road in Lewisham and the dip near the Watch Tower Society on Robert Broom Drive in Rangeview.

Park your vehicles underneath a strong roof and ensure that you get home before the storm breaks.

Arrive Alive gave the following tips for driving in heavy rain:

• Increase the three-second following rule to five to six 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 mix with water to make the road slippery.

For more information about how to drive in heavy rain, click here.

Be safe out there, Krugersdorp.

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