Sur­viv­ing a se­vere storm

Safety tips you need to know

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

THE world’s weather pat­terns are chang­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Aero­nau­ti­cal and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NASA) models, 2016 is on course to be the hottest year on record and lo­cally, South Africa ex­pe­ri­enced its dri­est year in 2015 since records be­gan.

In Jan­uary this year, a se­vere hail­storm hit Jo­han­nes­burg South caus­ing the roof of a shop­ping mall to col­lapse.

More re­cently, on 20 Oc­to­ber, Bloem­fontein was also se­verely af­fected by a hail­storm that did ex­ten­sive dam­age to both properties and ve­hi­cles.

While these freak storms are not an every­day oc­cur­rence, dam­age caused by hail­storms and se­vere weather tends to in­crease around the sum­mer sea­son.

Be­low are some use­ful tips on how to play it safe in a storm and min­imise the dam­age to your home and your car:

Avoid driv­ing in hail­storms If you are caught in a hail­storm, pull into an un­der­cover park­ing lot as soon as pos­si­ble to limit the amount of hail­storm ex­po­sure to your ve­hi­cle.

Take note of the storm warn­ings that are sent by in­sur­ers. If pos­si­ble, don’t drive when there is a threat of hail.

Dur­ing a hail­storm Stay in­side the build­ing or seek shel­ter if you are out­side. If you are driv­ing, pull over and seek shel­ter, prefer­ably un­der a concrete shel­ter or even in a garage fore­court, and wait out the storm. Avoid seek­ing shel­ter un­der a tree as tree limbs could fall on your car, caus­ing se­ri­ous dam­age and pos­si­ble in­jury to you (not to men­tion a light­ning strike on the tree).

Keep a safe dis­tance Rainy and wet con­di­tions usu­ally re­sult in a de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the con­di­tion of the roads we use. Par­tic­u­larly in wet weather, make sure you in­crease your fol­low­ing dis­tance to more than the pre­scribed equiv­a­lent length of three cars, while de­creas­ing your speed.

Keep your head­lights on This will in­crease your vis­i­bil­ity and the vis­i­bil­ity of your car to other driv­ers. If nec­es­sary use your hazard lights to warn cars be­hind you should you need to stop sud­denly. — Al­l4­women

There are a few things you can do to ease the pres­sure on your wal­let and your tank.

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