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Motorists in Gauteng urge caution



Gauteng traffic police have urged road users to exercise caution when driving during rainy conditions.

A number of traffic accidents and flooding have been reported in Gauteng since early Wednesday morning. This led to traffic police urging drivers to exercise caution when driving to and from their work area.

Slippery and flooded roads also pose a danger to road users.

During the morning there were reports of accidents along the N1 North towards Maraisburg exit, N12/R24 West for Gilloys, N3 North for the London Road exit and the R21 South on the connection with the R24 West.

“The Gauteng Traffic Police is calling on road users to abide by the rules and regulations of the roads.

“Drivers are once again being reminded to maintain a safe following distance, slow down in wet conditions, turn on the headlights while driving and always wear their seat belts,” said Gauteng Traffic spokesman Sello Maremane police.

“We further call on road users to avoid low-lying bridges and areas prone to flash flooding where possible. We also discourage motorists from driving through fast-flowing water because it is difficult to measure depth,” said Maremane.

He also said law enforcement agencies will be on high alert to ensure the safety of road users.

worn out tires

According to the recent RTMCs annual reportt, 67,893 drivers were fined for driving with worn tires in one year. The report noted that 73% of accidents caused by mechanical failure of a car were caused by punctures.

They said counting the number of motorists who received notifications as nearly 200 accidents a day waiting to happen.

A study by Sumitomo Rubber SA found that approximately 60% of second-hand tires used by motorists are illegal.

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