Stay Safe on the Roads This Winter

Our country's winters are generally mild, but various regions experience different weather conditions. Whether you're facing rain, fog, or the rare event of snow, it's crucial to be prepared and to adapt your driving to stay safe.


Stay Informed

Before hitting the road, check weather forecasts to stay informed about any warnings or alerts. If severe weather is predicted, consider postponing your trip, if possible. Being aware of weather conditions allows you to plan your journey more safely.


Slow Down

Even in mild winter weather, slow down to match the road conditions. Avoid using cruise control on slippery surfaces and maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles. This gives you ample time to react to unexpected situations.

On wet or icy roads, avoid sudden changes in speed. Accelerate and brake gently to prevent skidding. If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply steady pressure to the brake pedal during emergencies. This helps maintain control and reduces the risk of accidents.


Ensure Clear Visibility

Rain and fog can significantly reduce visibility on the roads. Keep your windshield wipers in good condition and use them when necessary. Turn on your headlights to improve visibility for yourself and other drivers. Additionally, use fog lights or low beams in foggy conditions to help others to see you.

You can combat glare by using polarised sunglasses, lowering your visor, and keeping your windshield clean. Slow down to adjust to changing light conditions and be mindful of sudden changes in visibility. If you need to pull over, do so safely and use your emergency lights to alert other drivers.


South African drivers can minimise the risks associated with driving in winter road conditions by always prioritising safety and staying informed.