Transport and Safety Authority advises extra caution on the road given wet weather

November 26, 2016 12:35 pm
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A pickup truck drives through a flooded portion of road in Nairobi/FRANCIS MBATHA
A pickup truck drives through a flooded portion of road in Nairobi/FRANCIS MBATHA

, NAIROBI, Kenya, November 26 – The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has cautioned motorists to drive carefully on the roads due to the heavy rains currently being experienced.

In a statement, Director General Francis Major said that the rains create potentially dangerous conditions for road users and advised the public to be extra vigilant of pedestrians.

He stated that as motorists, it is important to drive at or below the speed limit since braking in wet weather is difficult resulting in potentially high speed impacts.

“The heavy rains being experienced in most part of the country creates potentially dangerous conditions for road users. NTSA advices the public to be extra vigilant, patient and cognisant of other vulnerable road users,” he said.

He encouraged motorist that if the road ahead is flooded, they should choose another route and not attempt to drive through it.

“As a motorist, you need to always turn on the headlights to increase visibility and keep a good distance from the car in front. This is because spray from other vehicles can also reduce your vision,” he said.

He stated that brakes can be affected by water and explained that after going through water they need to drive slowly to help dry the brakes.

“Always keep both hands on the steering wheel to enable you have full control and check tyres and replace them if worn out,” he said.

He also advised pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to wear bright clothing or reflector jackets.

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