CAR TIP OF THE WEEK: Driving During Load-shedding

Load-shedding is causing havoc on our roads by creating additional traffic and further challenging road conditions. Here are a few tips to managing the added stress that the outages contribute to everyday driving: 

  • Familiarize yourself with load-shedding schedules 
  • Attempt to avoid areas experiencing outages during your travel times with the help of apps like Google Maps.
  • Give yourself additional travel time so you avoid feeling pressurised while driving.
  • 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 drivers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Watch the Points People directing traffic and give them the respect that they deserve for the help they provide. 
  • 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.

As frustrating as it may be, accept that load-shedding is a reality. Get into your car prepared for the challenges this creates and then manage them calmly and safely. When you let frustration rule your decisions behind the wheel, the situation becomes dangerous.

Source: MasterDrive