What to do in the event of a tyre blowout caused by road spikes? For starters, do not stop!
In light of the recent incident this weekend, whereby a motorist had to defend himself and shot dead one of three armed robbery suspects who placed car spikes on the R80 highway, what can you do as a motorist in the event of such an unfortunate situation?
“Do not stop,” says anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee.Abramjee said motorists should not stop in dark and potentially dangerous places, even if it meant damaging their rims further. He said the road spiking incidents were of great concern and said he was continuously calling on the police to take urgent and decisive action.
“Even if you notice that your tyres and your rims are damaged, continue to drive to the nearest safe place, as the minute you stop is when they attack you. I would rather pay for a new rim and be safe than to stop and try to change the wheel,” he said.
Abramjee said it appeared that the problem of spikes was spreading as there appeared to be a lot of “copy cat” incidents by smaller gangs.“We're now seeing that these criminals are striking in other areas, which is very very worrying,” he said. “I call on the police to make sure that they beef up their patrols in the affected areas. While some arrests have been made, it appears that a number of smaller gangs are still operating. We need to see police beef up their operations,” he said. headtopics.com
2 Minimise driving at night and near hot spotsErnest North, the co-founder of AI-driven insurtech company Naked Insurance, said it would be wise to minimise driving at night and also to avoid known crime hot spots.“Avoid driving through known crime hot spot areas if you can use a safer alternate route, even if it’s a bit longer.
“At night visibility is limited and these incidents are more frequent.”3 Be alert“Watch out for people on the side of the road or on bridges, especially when driving through known hot spots or travelling at night,” North said.4 Don’t speedNorth said driving within the allocated speed limit was also advised, as this would allow motorists the opportunity to spot potential hazards – such as spikes and potholes – in the road.
“Keeping within the speed limit will help you to spot potential hazards sooner and to slow down or take evasive action in a more controlled manner.5 Drive on slowly to safety“Your safety comes first. If your tyres are damaged when driving near a hot spot area but your car is still drivable, drive slowly to the next petrol station or other place of safety before you stop to change them.
6 Summon assistance“Should you be involved in one of these incidents, an accident or need to stop for any other reason, the Naked Insurance app lets you request emergency assistance such as a mechanic or an armed guard for these situations,” said North. headtopics.com
Layton Beard, the spokesperson for the AA, said getting the AA’s Armed Response could add a security layer for vulnerable motorists. The service costs about R30 a month, and in the case of a motorist sending a distress signal, it would immediately alert the nearest armed response provider in the area to provide safety for a motorist while they wait for help.
“It’s truly terrifying and these sort of things can happen, they can happen anywhere as these criminals move around from place to place, so it would be very useful to have such a service in a time of personal crisis or a dangerous situation,” he said.
Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo also said motorists should be extra vigilant in the event that their tyres suffered a blow-out.“If motorists suspect that their tyre punctures are as a result of having driven over spikes, they must immediately alert the police by calling the SAPS emergency number 10111, scanning their immediate environment and staying vigilant while changing their tyre, but if they feel unsafe then they must try to drive to the nearest filling station or police station,” he said.
He said the two suspects who fled the scene on Friday were still at large despite a manhunt being launched for their arrest. Read more: IOL News »
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Gauteng spike attacks: When and where motorists must be on high alertGauteng motorists should be on high alert for criminals placing spikes or objects on public roads especially on Friday evenings and throughout the weekend between 6pm and 4am. That motorist and his family would have been killed if he did not use his legal firearm, hope bheki cele and gunfree organisations are taking note of this. Why don't cops patrol those spots instead of these petty road blocks they embark on just to harass us Illegal foreign nationals are killing innocent ppl in SouthAfrica is this thing normal or can it b prevented/ SA citizens must take the law into their own hands since this cars are personal properts ¬ Gov proper is shoot 2kill the answer or securing of borders the solution..?
Motorist kills road spike robbery suspectA motorist shot dead a suspect after he and his family came under attack by the notorious Gauteng road spike robbers. Such wonderful news Good Excellent work by the motorist 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
Road spike robber killed while attacking Pta familyPolice are on the hunt for two more suspects, who tried to rob a family on the R80 highway as they were changing their car's tyre. Let the SAPoliceService and their PoliceSecretar3 now tell us how we must protect ourselves when we got this. Come GunFreeSA tell us ParliamentofRSA ANCParliament Our_DA MYANC CyrilRamaphosa `Well done to the motorist for firing and killing one dog, i wish he would have shot all these monsters dead. I know its the Zim Zims. Satans from other side of the border 👏🏽👏🏻👏🏾👏🏿👏🏽👏🏻👏🏾👏🏿😅😂😄🤣 Well done to that man 👏🏽👏🏻👏🏾👏🏿
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