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7-Tips to lessen load-shedding driving woes

While loadshedding has been temporarily suspended, motorists can still expect it to make an unwelcome return in the near future.

If you still make your way to the office everyday or spend time on the roads throughout the day, this is what you can do to ensure you stay safe on the roads despite congestion and traffic lights that do not work.

  1. Keep an eye on loadshedding schedules and attempt to avoid areas experiencing outages during your travel times with the help of apps like Google Maps.
  2. Give yourself additional travel time so you avoid feeling pressurised while driving.
  3. Do not drive in the yellow lane while waiting in congestion at a traffic light. It worsens the traffic for other motorists, makes it more dangerous to re-enter traffic later on and may incite anger from other motorists.
  4.  While intersections should be treated as four-way stops, often this does not happen making it necessary that you double check every path that crosses yours before going. Rather take longer to cross than not make it across at all.
  5. If you find it difficult to remain calm in congestion find ways that can assist in relaxing you such as selecting relaxing music before you leave.
  6. Listen to points people directing traffic and give them the respect that they deserve for the help they provide. 
  7. If another driver is displaying reckless, selfish or any other questionable behaviour, rather ignore them and move out of their way than get upset or try to intervene.

Article courtesy of MasterDrive

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