The shift into winter is a case in point, with the days getting shorter, the light changing and the rain bringing new challenges to driving the roads.
With the shorter days, many of us are now commuting in the dark, or when it just gets light, so seeing and being seen on the Cape roads is an important issue to address. After all, if you can’t be seen, you are an accident waiting to happen.
So what can we do? First off, make sure all vehicle lights are working well. Some drivers even keep spares in the cubby.
If anyone was out in the rainstorm on Tuesday night, you’ll agree that rain definitely hampers visibility, so make sure your wipers are in good condition.
Rain also affects traction on the road, especially the first rains that bring the oil on the roads to the surface, so good tread on tyres and careful, slow driving is vital.
As a pedestrian, being seen is key, especially around sunrise and sunset when visibility is low. Wearing bright clothing is the first thing to do here, but also know that drivers are less likely to see you. It’s no time to take risks.