Connect with us

NEWS

NTSA guide for drivers and pedestrians in heavy rains

Director General Francis Meja says the heavy rains experienced in most part of the country creates potentially dangerous conditions for road users, especially pedestrians

Published

on

Motorists drive through the rain at the Globe Cinema Roundabout in Nairobi on Thursday morning.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is urging motorists to be extra vigilant, patient and cognizant of other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, saying the heavy rains experienced in most part of the country creates potentially dangerous conditions for road users.

“We cautions road users that after the recent dry weather there is a build-up of dirt and soil deposits on the road. When these mixes with rainwater it increases the risk of a skid. As motorists, it is important to drive at or below the speed limit. Braking in wet weather is difficult resulting in potentially high speed impacts and greater likelihood of a fatality if a pedestrian is hit,” said NTSA Director General Francis Meja in a statement.

He added pedestrians are vulnerable as most tend to look down when walking in the rain and may not be aware of an oncoming vehicle. We urge pedestrians to use designated crossing points to avoid unnecessary risks.

READ: One rule you must remember when carrying an umbrella

NTSA also has the following advice:

  • If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think
  • To always turn on the headlights to increase visibility and keep a good distance from the car in front. Spray from other vehicles can also reduce your vision
  • Be aware that brakes can be affected by water. After going through water, drive slowly, this helps dry the brakes.
  • Always keep both hands on the steering wheel to enable you have full control
  • Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to wear bright clothing or reflector jackets to increase visibility.

ALSO READ: Moving floods photos that show Nairobi is a ticking time bomb


Business Today is the leading independent online business website in Kenya. Started in 2012 by a veteran business journalist, it has a huge following both in Kenya and abroad. It covers various business and related issues. Email editor at: [email protected]

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

BAKE Awards 2018 Nomination Badge

News Updates

Media Profile22 hours ago

Betty Kyallo: Just petty or real drama queen?

If fame has followed her as she rose through the ranks, so has controversy, the latest being the beef with former...

NEWS22 hours ago

Kenyan woman makes it to TIME 100 list for 2018

Nice Nailantei Leng'ete was named among the world's Most Influential Persons in the world for her crusade against Female Genital...

NEWS1 day ago

MP Shah Hospital under fire over ‘exorbitant’ bill

Kenyans on social media are unhappy after hospital billed a family of a woman who was stabbed by thugs and...

NEWS1 day ago

Baringo South MP Grace Kipchoim is dead

She is credited for being in the forefront in fighting outdated cultural practices, including cattle rustling and female genital mutilation...

Business Unusual1 day ago

Jobless young women turn to sex for money

Report shows that within an overall pattern of a system rigged against youth, there are worse prospects of accessing decent...

Education2 days ago

Is Kirubi company buying Daystar University?

The university was closed last week after students refused to return to class, protesting failure to release a report on...

Health2 days ago

Insurers issue warning as healthcare costs overrun inflation

According to Minet Kenya, while the medical insurance industry recorded a growth of 0.65% in gross premiums, claims incurred over...

Careers3 days ago

How to join university with D+ and get a degree

There is a one-year programme that enables students to progress to diploma then proceed to the professional qualification and onto...

NEWS3 days ago

10 million youth ready to leave Kenya

British Council report says many young people frustrated by corruption and a ‘rigged system’ that have resulted in high unemployment

Education3 days ago

Kenya to host global education conference

The event will gather Ministers of Education from the 54 African countries, as well as UN agencies, NGOs, and high...

Advertisement

Trending