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Monday, April 11, 2022
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Tips For Driving in Durban Weather

Driving in the Durban weather can be a challenge. Roads are flooded and visibility is reduced. You may see Zulu rickshaws and other vehicles navigating in the road. If you drive‚ be sure to pay attention to traction and steering. Wet weather can also affect your car's performance. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe in Durban's wet weather.

Flooded roads

The latest reports of flooding in Durban‚ South Africa‚ have left residents frantic to find alternate routes. Several roads in the city are flooded‚ with some trucks veering off the road in the midst of the flood waters. The South African Broadcasting Corporation reported that residents in Bloemhof and Christiana had evacuated their homes‚ in anticipation of the flooding. Residents were asked to seek shelter on higher ground. Residents of Umdloti are battling flooded roads. Several houses have been damaged by floodwaters‚ including Devlin Perry's home. Emergency services are responding to reports of two people being washed away. The South African Weather Service has issued a level five flood warning for the area‚ with poor visibility and flash flooding. Residents of nearby suburbs are reporting that they are coping with the storm in the dark. The rain is expected to continue for several days‚ and the M4 Southern Freeway is prone to flooding. Other affected roads include the Phoenix Highway and Mount Edgecombe Temple. Sewpersad advises motorists to reduce their speed‚ check their wipers‚ and increase their following distance. In addition‚ drivers should exercise extra caution when driving in areas that are likely to flood. In the meantime‚ motorists are encouraged to avoid low-lying areas until the flooding has cleared up. Earlier in the day‚ a series of thunderstorms caused widespread flooding in the KZN province. Flash flooding was also reported in the Eastern Cape's Alice Town. The rainfall caused flash flooding and damaged homes‚ and traffic was disrupted. Authorities warned people living along the Vaal River to prepare for evacuation as flood gates opened in Bloemhof and Vaal dams. Some residents were evacuated and flooded roads were closed.

Zulu rickshaws

A 6-year-old boy drowned in the La Mercy Lagoon‚ north of Durban‚ this weekend. Responding to a call for help‚ the Ethekwini Municipality Lifeguards‚ C.E.R.T‚ Ethekwini Metro Police and SAPS took his case to the nearest hospital. Emergency workers immediately started advanced life support resuscitation‚ but the child did not survive. A South African Weather Service orange level 5 warning was issued for the area.

Wet weather conditions reduce visibility

Heavy rains will continue throughout the week in Durban‚ causing localised flooding and reducing visibility. The South African Weather Service has advised motorists to slow down and ensure they have enough distance between cars. Wet weather can also make driving difficult‚ as visibility is reduced and drivers will have less time to steer or brake. It is important to drive with extra caution and pay close attention to road signs and signals. Listed below are some tips for drivers to deal with the rain. Driving in poor visibility requires drivers to slow down significantly. Doing this will give them additional time to react to any incidents or slow drivers down so they can see clearly ahead. Drivers should also slow down before entering an intersection. In wet weather‚ it is important to remember that the visibility is drastically reduced in a matter of seconds. Drivers should take care not to overload one tyre by doing multiple things at once‚ especially in intersections. Rainfall data was collected continuously over six weeks in Durban‚ South Africa. This data was supplemented by data from an automatic rain gauge set at 0.20mm/tip. Data were downloaded into an excel sheet and exported to five-minute intervals. Rainfall intensities were then classified as light rain‚ moderate rain‚ and heavy rain. Light rain‚ which is 2.5mm/hr‚ and moderate rain‚ which is 10mm/hr‚ was categorized as moderate rain. Heavy rainfall‚ meanwhile‚ was classified as 10mm/hr and above. Durban experiences three distinct seasons. The warmest period is February‚ with an average temperature of 77degF. The coolest month is December. Temperatures rarely drop below 52degF and rarely exceed 87degF. In general‚ the best time to visit Durban is mid-December to early May. February is the hottest month of the year. However‚ this does not mean that the area is drenched with rain. Wet roads are slippery and dangerous for drivers. Not only do wet roads reduce traction‚ but the slippery pavement can cause hydroplaning. The rain also makes driving in poor visibility conditions frustrating. It is important to keep alert‚ signal your turns and brake early when approaching stops. Braking distances should be increased when visibility is reduced. This is especially important during rainy conditions. If the road is slippery or icy‚ a driver should avoid driving on the left side of the road.

Steering and traction

Heavy rains and strong winds have gripped KwaZulu-Natal in the past few days‚ leaving many roads and areas inundated. In some places‚ just 30cm of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. In Amanzimtoti‚ a hatchback and a Fortuner both tried to cross a flooded road. The Fortuner remained on the road safely but the hatchback washed away. South African Weather Service has issued orange level 5 warnings. In Durban's wet and sloppy weather‚ evasive action may be necessary to avoid colliding with another vehicle or pedestrian. In such circumstances‚ it is best to steer around the obstacle rather than stop and brake immediately. At higher speeds‚ steering around an object requires less space than braking to a complete stop. Sudden braking can also lead to skids in wet weather. A good steering technique is called push-pull steering. This technique involves shuffling hands without crossing them and allows continuous adjustments in either direction. The first 10 minutes of heavy rain have poor traction‚ especially for cars. Oil and debris tend to rise to the surface and wash away. During these times‚ you are more likely to hydroplane or get stuck in mud. To avoid getting stuck in the mud‚ slow down and use moderate power while steering. If you do get stuck in mud or slush‚ try backing out slowly.