- Plan your journey. This may mean leaving home or the office a little earlier than usual to counter any delays at intersections.
- Use Google or Waze. Wherever possible, use either of these apps to plan your trip as both update in real time and can warn you of impending traffic buildup and even offer a less congested alternative route.
- Be extra vigilant about following distances. The traffic patterns have changed as have traffic volumes and minor ‘bumper bashings’ have increased dramatically.
- Ensure your vehicle is up to date with its services. Your vehicle needs to be operating at optimum efficiency as there is nothing worse or more frustrating than being stranded on the side of the road when something goes wrong. This can also be dangerous, especially at night in a blackout suburb or on a stretch of road with no streetlights.
- Check your mirror. While you may be prepared to obey the law and come to a stop at an intersection, there are those who feel they have the right to go through if they think it is clear. Make sure your braking is clearly visible and try not to make it a sudden stop to give them ample time to stop safely behind you.
Remember that circles are treated differently from intersections – you have to give way to traffic approaching from your right. There is no requirement to stop at a circle if it is clear to proceed. You stop only if there is a car in the circle.
The safest and least stressful way of dealing with load shedding on the road is to take it slowly and keep calm at all times.
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