Heels on wheels

Tips and test drives

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - Re­mem­ber to stay calm in a sit­u­a­tion like this. For more tips go to Womenon­wheels.co.za

Be­ware of hy­droplan­ing – that’s when your car tyres lose con­tact with the road and slide on a thin layer of wa­ter. If it hap­pens, ease your foot off the ac­cel­er­a­tor, and don’t swerve or brake sharply.

Keep a min­i­mum of a three-car length from the car in front of you.Try­ing to stop sud­denly on a wet road is not the same as stop­ping when it’s dry – you need the ex­tra dis­tance!

Turn on your head­lights when driv­ing in fog but not to full bright­ness, as this will de­crease vis­i­bil­ity fur­ther.

Pull off the road and stop if the rain is too heavy or fog be­comes too dense, (and turn on your haz­ards). Driv­ing very slowly can be as danger­ous as speed­ing, as driv­ers com­ing fast from be­hind may not see you in time and could drive into you.

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